Here Comes the Poetry Man Poems for Young People by Fred Sedgwick
  

Here Comes the Poetry Man Poems for Young People

Written by Fred Sedgwick

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Age 5+. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin:

Fred Sedgwick has a wealthy background of children’s poetry, and his new collection Here Comes the Poetry Man certainly shows this. Written for young children, the poems deal with many aspects of life, from a baby being born; to Victoria’s embarrassing mother; to the sad but beautiful death of a cat. It is a very charming and loving book with a lot of memorable characters like Mr Khan and his shop, Stanley the cat and poor Eloise. The collection is incredibly fun to read aloud, and will have children and adults speaking each line with non-stop laughter and warmth. The beauty of this collection lies in its diverse range of people and experiences, and is great fun for performing and reading with a group.

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Here Comes the Poetry Man Poems for Young People by Fred Sedgwick

Here Comes the Poetry Man shows a passion for playing with words: how many rhymes are there for the last part of Eloise's name? How many names can you get into one poem? What are your favourite words? Can you write a poem about a beloved cat using a blues structure? It is about the big issues of life - birth, remembering your mother singing, sadness, fear, loss, love: love, that is of friends, family, foreign places, poetry - and a good take-away curry (more lovely words here). It addresses these issues with good humour (in both senses of the phrase) especially in its glimpses of family and school life, from babyhood's first hour, to Grandma and Grandad's golden wedding bash. It celebrates all kinds of human activity: moving house, being in a bad mood, falling in love (though not, please not, with Jenny), loneliness - and dancing the locomotion. It shows that kind of delight in nature that is, perhaps, special to a city boy who began to notice relatively late, once he'd moved to Suffolk, the times when spring came, and how clouds' shapes change, and the way a thaw transforms a landscape slowly but dramatically. It ends with a celebration of three great artists: the Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, the twentieth century poet Charles Causley, and the sculptor Alberto Giacometti. The poems in this book have all been road-tested many times in classrooms. The book will also appeal to individual children, and to adults too, especially if they have felt in the past that poetry ignores them.

About the Author

Fred Sedgwick was born in Ireland and brought up in London. He has been a freelance writer, teacher and lecturer since 1990. He is the author of hundreds of poems in anthologies for children, and over thirty books: about teaching writing, Shakespeare and the Young Writer (Routledge), etymology (Where Words Come From, Continuum) and Art Education. He is a father (to Daniel) and a grandfather (to Malachi).

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Format

Paperback

Author

Fred Sedgwick
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Publisher

Salt Publishing

Publication date

15th February 2011

ISBN

9781844712960

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