Trial and Error
By Eva Willes Wangsgaard
Though it is hard to step aside
And let him take his turn,
Some truths run deep and must be tried
Before a child can learn.
Nice! I like how the poet avoided *starting* with the proposition (i.e., how a child learns), and instead set it up with three prefatory lines for the reader.
Comment by David Y. — June 20, 2013 @ 1:56 pm
I hadn’t thought of that, David, but you’re right,and that alone turns a prosaic observation into a poem. (Just how good were you in classes that called for literary analysis?)
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 20, 2013 @ 2:15 pm
Thanks, Ardis, for unearthing this poem of my grandmother’s. I hadn’t seen it before, but it expresses her philosophy of child rearing perfectly.
Comment by Mama Lynnie — June 21, 2013 @ 1:39 am
Mama Lynnie, tell us more!
Comment by David Y. — June 21, 2013 @ 1:12 pm
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