Ten Little Soldiers (And Then There Were None)

‘Ten Little Soldiers’ was included in Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel, ‘And Then There Were None.’ It iserves as an epigraph, appearing at the beginning of the book, and is connected with all ten deaths that occur on the island. It is unclear who wrote the first version of this nursery rhyme.

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Quinceañera by Judith Ortiz Cofer

‘Quinceañera’ appears in Judith Ortiz Cofer’s Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood (1991). This coming-of-age poem is about a speaker’s physical and mental changes.

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I’ve Got an Apple Ready by John Walsh

John Walsh’s ‘I’ve Got an Apple Ready’ appears in The New Oxford Book of Children’s Verse. This poem features a child who is in a hurry and keeps an apple in case she needs it on the way.

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Television by Roald Dahl

‘Television’ by Roald Dahl describes in outrageous detail the dangers of television and what a parent can do to save their child.

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

‘My Shadow’ by Robert Louis Stevenson is told from the perspective of a child who is trying to understand what purpose his shadow serves. 

Messy Room by Shel Silverstein

‘Messy Room’ by Shel Silverstein is a humorous poem. It uses amusing imagery and a constant rhyme scheme in order to get a simple message across. 

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

‘The Invitation’ by Oriah Mountain Dreamer is a poem about relationships. In this piece, the speaker defines what it is she’s looking for and everything she doesn’t care about.

A Child Of Mine by Edgar Guest

‘A Child Of Mine’ is told from the perspective of God. He is speaking to prospective parents, informing them of their duties to His child.

Kite by Daya Dissanayake

‘Kite’ by Daya Dissanayake describes a boy’s attempt to enjoy his own childhood amongst the polluted air and piles of refuse in his town. 

Venus’-fly traps by Yusef Komunyakaa

‘Venus’-fly traps’ by Yusef Komunyakaa describes the life of a young boy, the secrets he hears and the worlds he creates as escape mechanisms. 

Originally by Carol Ann Duffy

‘Originally’  by Carol Ann Duffy describes a child’s transformation after unwillingly emigrating to a very new, different country.

The Dying Child by John Clare

‘The Dying Child’ describes a child who is unable to die during springtime but unfortunately, whose circumstances change when winter comes.

Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy

‘Barbie Doll’ by Marge Piercy was inspired by the traditional girl’s toy, the Barbie Doll. It explores themes of feminism and expectations.

The Life of Man by Sir Francis Bacon

‘The Life of Man’ by Sir Francis Bacon describes the choices one must make throughout the span of one’s life and how death will always be waiting. 

The Schoolboy by William Blake

‘The Schoolboy’ by William Blake is told from the perspective of a young boy who believes school is negatively impacting him.

A Child’s Garden by Rudyard Kipling 

‘A Child’s Garden’ by Rudyard Kipling is written from the perspective of a young sick boy who is dreaming of escaping his confining and frightening life by taking to the sky in an airplane.

My Fairy by Lewis Carroll

In ‘My Fairy’, the very essence of this poem is drenched in irony in that “a fairy” can be thought of as a childish creature.

Stabat Mater by Sam Hunt

‘Stabat Mater’ by Sam Hunt is commentary on the complexities of time that can take a person from weak and timid, to strong and capable, and back to weak and timid.

Ecce Puer by James Joyce

‘Ecce Puer’ was published in 1932 and it is featured in Collected Poems. Joyce wrote this poem in order to mourn the recent death of his father, John Stanislaus Joyce.

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ by Shel Silverstein speaks on the important theme of growing up. The poet discusses the differences between the adult world and the mind of a child.

Farther by Owen Sheers

‘Farther’ was first published in Sheer’s second collection, Skirrid Hill, in 2005. The poem depicts the relationship between the poet and his father.

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