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Subject - Children

These poems were written for children. Though some are serious, here you'll also find the silly and nonsensical. Perhaps in reading these you'll be returned to your own childhood.

If you are looking for poems about children and childhood try the Family subject.

Poetry is a theorem of a yellow-silk handkerchief knotted with riddles, sealed in a ballon tied to the tail of a kite flying in a white wind against a blue sky in spring. - Carl Sandburg


  1. All things bright and beauteous by Cecil Frances Alexander
  2. The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by Hilaire Belloc

    The Moral of this priceless work
    (If rightly understood)
    Will make you -- from a little Turk --
    Unnaturally good.

  3. Selections from: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Selections from: Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  5. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field
  6. The Sugar-Plum Tree by Eugene Field
  7. The Duel by Eugene Field
  8. The Chimpanzee, Hippopotamus, Platypus, Mongoos by Oliver Herford
  9. The Hen by Oliver Herford
  10. The Penguin by Oliver Herford

    this bird really knows how to catch fish

  11. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear

    The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea-green boat

  12. The Jumblies by Edward Lear

    They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
    In a Sieve they went to sea

  13. A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  14. Against Idleness and Mischief, and Against Quarreling and Fighting by Isaac Watts

The subject indexes are a wonderful way to browse Poets' Corner, leading you to works you might not find any other way. I hope also that they can help the site to seem less overwhelming than it might at first. If you have suggestions or comments about the Subject Indicies please contact Jon Lachelt.

The quotes from Carl Sandburg on the heading of some of the subject pages are from his book of poems, Good Morning America.

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