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The Ring of Words: An Anthology of Poetry for Children Paperback – 4 Oct 1999

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New Ed edition (4 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571197361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571197361
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,910,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As with Bugs Bunny and the Simpsons, children will love the poems in The Ring of Words: An Anthology of Poetry for Children, but adults will truly savour them. McGough covers all the pertinent subjects of childhood: fear (of falling through slats in bridges, of being bullied, of everything), playgrounds, dunces, homework, snowballs, ghosts and going to bed, to name but a few. And, in poems such as Jo Shapcott's "Cat in the Tumble Drier" the not so pertinent as well:

I start to beg and
fur hot and frizzy and
head's gone sizzle dizzy and
you're there through the glass and
more hankies whizz past and
Oh Oh Oh
the drier starts to slow
my fur starts to spark and
the pillow-cases bark and
the nightdress winks and
the clean wash sinks
to a stop
Here you will find your favourite classics (Blake's "The Tyger", Keats' "Ozymandias", Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"),along with soon-to-be favourites like Pauline Clarke's "My Name is...":
My name is Sluggery-wuggery
My name is Worms-for-tea
My name is Swallow-the-table-leg
My name is Drink-the-Sea.

My name is I-eat-saucepans
My name is I-like-snails
My name is Grand-piano-George
My name is I-ride-whales.

My name is Jump-the-chimney
My name is Bite-my-knee
My name is Jiggery-pokery
And Riddle-me-ree, and ME.
This is a collection for every child (and adult) who has ever been afraid, sleepless, full of questions, full of life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Roger McGough is an award-winning poet and broadcaster. He writes poetry for both adults and children, and presents Radio 4's Poetry Please. He was awarded an OBE for services to poetry in 1997 and a CBE in 2004. He was honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2001.


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