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Poetry is a delight to share with children

Poetry can be great fun for all ages and for children in particular.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD For The Oklahoman Published: August 13, 2013

The Goops they lick their fingers, and the Goops they lick their knives; they spill their broth on the tablecloth, oh, they lead disgusting lives!

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When you are playing with the girls, you must not pull their pretty curls; if you are gentle when you play, you will be glad of it some day!

Today, older kids love Ronald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes. He takes well-known fairy tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood” and rewrites them in a way that all of us find hilarious.

Introduce the children in your life to poetry. Start with nursery rhymes. Choose ones specifically for children, and make sure they are humorous.

Robert Frost defines poetry as “serious play.” Arlene's grandmother gifted her with poetry, and it became a lifelong passion.

And to Henry Robert Peterson, we wish him a happy 6th year!

Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at


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