In a quest to find poems for this week, I turned once again to my trusty The World Treasury of Children's Literature, by Clifton Fadiman (I have the single-volume paperback edition put out by QPBC in 1995). I was charmed by several of the English nursery rhymes listed, and have included two of them below.
Betty Botter bought some butter,
But, she said, the butter's bitter;
If I put it in my batter
It will make my batter bitter,
But a bit of better butter
Will make my batter better.
So she bought a bit of butter
Better than her bitter butter,
And she put it in her batter
And the batter was not bitter.
So 'twas better Betty Botter bought a bit
of better butter.
There was a crooked man,
And he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence
Against a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat,
Which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together
In a little crooked house.
Aren't those fun? In double-checking, I found that Kelly included the Crooked Man poem on her site back in June. However, since I had already typed it up, I decided to share it with you again. Have a great weekend!
UPDATE: Here are links to some other Poetry Friday entries for the day. If I missed you, please let me know.
- MsMac from Check it Out offers some excerpts from This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems From around the World, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.
- Michele from Scholar's Blog has Wordsworth's Composed Upon Westminster Bridge.
- Franki at A Year of Reading has a funny poem about Aunt Ewegina, who is a sheep. She also talks about her own ongoing classroom tradition of celebrating Poetry Friday.
- Little Willow brings us some Emily Dickinson.
- Over at Farm School, Becky has a poem by Celia Thaxter about August.
- MotherReader brings us no external poetry Friday links this week, but she does share a section of a poem from an poetry collection about birds. Interestingly, the poem she selects is by Celia Thaxter (see above).
- Susan Taylor Brown has a poem about work, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
- Wendy at Blog from the Windowsill has an up-to-the-minute poem to say goodbye to Pluto.
- Nancy at Journey Woman brings us some A. A. Milne
- Liz B. from A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy has Barbara Allen's Cruelty
- A Wrung Sponge (a blog I learned about from Liz B. above) has a poem for her son, who is off to college.
- Gregory K. at Gotta Book also includes a very short, but witty, original poem about Pluto. Clearly, the sad news about Pluto has struck a nerve with people.
- Kelly from Big A little a shares an excerpt from Jack Prelutsky's A Pizza the Size of the Sun.