Catullus for Children by Anna Jackson
  

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Catullus for Children by Anna Jackson

Caught between the two cities of Hamilton and Wellington, a poet returns to her favourite themes of domestic life, her children and the Russian poet she loves. In the first part of Catullus for Children , Anna Jackson adapts some of Catullus's famous verse to the playground, sharply noting the obsessions and the preoccupations of her children in poems with titles like War and Party . The Treehouse is a further selection of poems on family life: affectionate, amused and wistful. In The Happiness of Poets , the Russians talk and sing and play games with words, and finally in Stow Stay , the family moves south, packs up and gets ready for a new life, every step an arrival . The poems are full of tenderness and delights in the child's world, but they also suggest fear and anxiety at its fragility and a knowledge that children soon grow up and take on the burdens of adulthood.

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Format

Paperback
64 pages

Author

Anna Jackson
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Publisher

Auckland University Press

Publication date

1st November 2003

ISBN

9781869403089


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