From the May/June, 2017 issue of Touchstone
poetry education christianity Reclaiming Childhood Through Poetry by Anthony Esolen

Conference Talk

Reclaiming Childhood Through Poetry

Rebuilding Christian Culture Among the Ruins by Anthony Esolen

I'm going to talk about poetry today. It has occurred to me lately that in the United States, only Christians, and perhaps a few Orthodox Jews, can still understand what in the world a child is, what a wonder a child is, what a child is even for. Let me begin with the last stanza of a lyric poem by the great John Keats, the "Ode to Autumn":

Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—

While barred clouds bloom the so . . .


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