Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Nonsense, Nonsense, Nonsense...

When I was a young girl, my grandparents used to take me to book shops every weekend. I loved sitting in the corner of the shop reading through all the children's books and especially the poetry. The idea of being able to create an emotion through poetry excited me and I began to explore this more and more. One writer which caught my eye was Michael Rosen. His poetry was unique. Simple and sweet, he managed to make me laugh every time I read one of his poems. I noticed that food was a  theme which he followed throughout his work and will be exploring this throughout this blog in relation to moral beliefs and childhood experiences.

Nonsense poetry or verse is considered as a form of writing aimed towards children. Exploring the humorous and imaginary world of mundane situations, the writing is stereotypically formatted in a rhythmical sequence. The tone regularly uses exaggerated and to an extent made up phrases or words touching the reader on an emotional level more so than an academic one.

I am going to explore the use of food in Michael Rosen's poetry highlighting that the poems he chose, were not completely "nonsense". I strongly believe that his poems hold a moral and thought provoking foundation which he wanted to get across to young children in an attempt to educate children through the use of his words.