Obligatory Cute Little Kids Reciting Poetry
Publication Date: 2010-08-29
I have some regrets that memorizing poems is a lost art, but seeing some of the YouTube performances below rather smothers that regret.
Okay, my claim to fame is that I recited "The Night Before Christmas" when I was two. On demand. Friends of my parents arrived one night when I was already asleep. They'd brought out-of-town guests. "They don't believe us," they told my parents.
I admit that I wish could call up more poems at will. I rather admire people who can launch into Gilbert & Sullivan lyrics to spark up a conversation or call up Elizabeth Coatsworth during a thurderstorm:
. . . through the pane
we'll stand and watch the circus pageant
of the rain,
and see the lightening, like a tiger,
striped and dread,
and hear the thunder cross the shaken sky
with elephant tread.
But something that starts out cute with little kids gets tedious and then even appalling when it's an out-of-kilter school assignment for a first grader. And quite awful when it is clearly a transfer of parental ego. The first presentation below was billed "obligatory cute recitation by a three-year-old" by an education reporter, and, hey, this little boy, is cute:
There are tons more. I can't quite figure out why people would do this to their kids.
Finally, enjoy one more from Billy Collins:
It's a pity show-off parents don't assign this poem to their three-year-olds, who would enjoy saying You Dumb Goopyhead, You Big Sewerface, You Poop-on-the-Floor.
Maybe we should have an "Name Arne" contest, using You Dumb Goopyhead, You Big Sewerface, You Poop-on-the-Floor as warmups.
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