Catullus for Children

Author(s): Anna Jackson

Poetry / Plays

In Catullus for Children, caught between the two cities of Hamilton and Wellington, a popular poet returns to favourite themes of domestic life, her children, and the Russian poets she loves. In the first part Anna, with great wit and originality, adapts some of Catullus's famous verses to the playground, sharply noting the obsessions and 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, wistful; in 'The happiness of poets' the Russians talk and sing and play games with words; finally in 'Stow stay' the family moves south, packs up, gets ready for a new life, 'every step an arrival'. These poems are full of tenderness and of delight 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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General Fields

  • : 9781869403089
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : December 2003
  • : 210mm X 135mm X 7mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anna Jackson
  • : Paperback
  • : 821
  • : 64