Here are the five poems I read last week:
- The Arrow and the Song – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- “Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out?” – Ron Koertge
- Numbers – Mary Cornish
- Ozymandias – Percy Bysshe Shelley
- At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border – William Stafford
I still have a student who says, “That was short” when I finish reading a poem. All of these fit on a single page except for “Numbers”. There was some discussion of the last stanza of that one, a bit of confusion about what to make of “three boys”, “two Italians”, and “one sock”.
I think I’m going to drop “Ozymandias”. While I like it, and it’s fun to read aloud, I think it’s too heady for ten-year-olds. They just don’t know what to make of it.