Light in Poetry
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- No oil to read by...
I am off to bed but ah!...
my moonlit pillow. (Haiku by Basho)
- Chandra, Deborah. Balloons. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
1988. See "Sun and I")
- Chandra, Deborah. Rich Lizard. (Farrar, Straus and
Giroux, 1993. See "Porch Light," and "Moon Baby")
- de Regniers, Beatrice Schenk. Sing a Song of Popcorn.
(Scholastic, 1988. See "Firefly" by Elizabeth Maddox Roberts:
"...I never could have thought of it, / to have a little bug all
lit / And made to go on wings.")
- Field, Eugene. "Wynken and Blynken and Nod."
- Graham, Joan. Flicker Flash. (Houghton, spring 1999.
Shape poems about light)
- Hopkins, Lee Bennet. Side by Side. (See "Hanukkah
Candles," by Margaret Hillert and "No Need to Light a Night
Light," by Anonymous)
- Livingston, Myra Cohn. Light and Shadows. (Photographs
by Barbara Rogasky, Holiday House, 1992. The poems in this book
are cinquan-style, and visit less common forms of light. There are
some intriguing images such as "Light steps / into a pool /
stretching its yellow legs..." and the photographs are wonderful.
Grade 2 and up)
- O'Connell, Kristine. The Great Frog Race. (Clarion,
1997. See "Falling Star")
- Worth, Valerie. All the Small Poems. (Farrar, Straus
& Giroux, 1987)
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