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Trial and Error

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 20, 2013

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.

(1945)



4 Comments »

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Mama Lynnie, tell us more!

    Comment by David Y. — June 21, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

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