Friday, February 3, 2012

A Children's Zoo compiled by Julia Watson

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

This is one of my favourite poems, The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson and it is one of the poems in this book. We had to learn it for an Eisteddfod when I was in grade 5 at Ulverstone High School. This poetry book, as the title suggests, is all about animals. It includes poems by Robert Frost, Rudyard Kipling, Ian Serraillier and D.H. Lawrence, as well as many others. The first section is all about the insect world, the following section is about four-footed animals, then there's a section on two footed creatures with poems entitled The Ostrich, The Bat, The Red Cockatoo, and the final part is an assortment ending with a poem called Wilderness. 
The poems are accompanied with ink drawings done by Karen Strachey. 

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