Sunday, July 17, 2011
An Argument for Reading Poetry Aloud
In 1927, Padraic Colum (1881-1972) published a book of essays called The Fountain of Youth. Among them was one entitled "Story Telling New and Old," a kind of apologetic for oral storytelling for children and reading poetry and having children memorize poems--not exactly the current fashion in education circles today. This essay was reissued as a single, small volume by The Macmillan Company in 1961, when Colum received the Regina Medal of the Catholic Library Association.
This was the small book I held in my hands at a used book sale.
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