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Whoever said that poetry is solemn and sullen hasn’t seen what’s cooking on over on The Poetry Foundation’s website. The Poetry Foundation, in collaboration with HBO, has created a video series called A Child’s Garden of Poetry. The show mixes interviews with kids and animated versions of great poems.
Children discuss the meaning any mystery of poetry and recite some of their favorites by heart. Poets featured in this program are Li Bai, Matsuo Bashō, Robert Frost, E. E. Cummings, Mary Ann Hoberman, Langston Hughes, Edward Lear, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Carl Sandburg, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Butler Yeats, and many others. Check out some of these animated poems, which breathe new life into poetry from the past. Another perk of these animated videos: each poem is read by a celebrity. Watch the following videos below, and see for yourself!
“Daffodils” by William Wordsworth, read by Dave Matthews:
“The Tropics in New York” by Claude McKay, read by Ziggy Marley:
“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson, ready by Claire Danes and signed by
Rachel, age 9: