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The River Houses year is coming to a close and this is our very last homeschool poem-of-the-week for 2018–2019. We hope you and your students have enjoyed visiting with forty-eight of our favorite friends. 😊 The new school year will begin in a few days, but in the mean time, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) gives the departing year a perfect River Houses send-off:
Go, little book, and wish to all
Flowers in the garden, meat in the hall,
A bin of wine, a spice of wit,
A house with lawns enclosing it,
A living river by the door,
A nightingale in the sycamore!
“Envoy” (or its French form, “Envoi”) is a generic title, not a specific one — like “Appendix” or “Afterword.” An “Envoy” in the poetic sense is a send-off or a note of departure: a short verse that appears at the end of a longer work and that wraps up the whole and sends readers on their way.
As this school year comes to a close, our little blog wishes all our homeschool readers, by way of envoy, “Flowers in the garden, meat in the hall, / A bin of wine, a spice of wit, / A house with lawns enclosing it, / A living river by the door, / A nightingale in the sycamore!”
What wonderful words will you and your students discover in the homeschool year ahead? 😊
❡ A living river by the door: If a special line or turn of phrase happens to strike you in one of our weekly poems, just copy it onto your homeschool bulletin board for a few days and invite your students to speak it aloud — that’s all it takes to begin a new poetical friendship and learn a few lovely words that will stay with you for life. 😊
❡ Explore more: The Poetry Foundation’s website includes biographical notes and examples of the work of many important poets (including Robert Louis Stevenson) that are suitable for high school students and homeschool teachers. 🖋
❡ Here, said the year: This post is one of our regular homeschool poems-of-the-week. Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us as we visit forty-eight of our favorite friends. 📖