“And smale foweles maken melodye, / That slepen al the nyght with open ye / (So priketh hem Nature in hir corages).” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Chaucer, for April.)
📖 Homeschool Language & Literature (Post Archives)
Thou hast taught me, Silent River!
Many a lesson, deep and long;
Thou hast been a generous giver;
I can give thee but a song.
A collection of great homeschool teaching ideas, resources, and little lessons on language, literature, and poetry from the River Houses Homeschool Network. Add your name to our free River Houses mailing list to get posts like these delivered right to your mailbox every week, and print your own homeschool poetry calendar for the whole year on our main River Houses calendar page. 😊
❡ Here, said the year: This collection of Language & Literature posts also includes our regular series of Homeschool Poems-of-the-Week. 🖋
“Over against the ships he dropped to a knee, let fly a shaft / and a terrifying clash rang out from the great silver bow. / First he went for the mules and circling dogs but then, / launching a piercing shaft at the men themselves, / he cut them down in droves.”
Patrick Stewart — Star Trek’s Captain Picard and also a noted Shakespearean actor — reads Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
“Nature’s first green is gold, / Her hardest hue to hold.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Robert Frost, for his birthday and for early spring.)
“And if you can’t curb your ambitions, / at least pursue them hesitantly, cautiously. / And the higher you go, / the more searching and careful you need to be.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Constantine Cavafy, for the Ides of March.)
“Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself, / In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, / Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Walt Whitman, contrariwise, for John Herschel and Albert Einstein.)
“The river is moving. / The blackbird must be flying.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Wallace Stevens, for the earliest migrants of spring.)
“Lexicógrapher. n.s. [λεξικὸν and γράφω; lexicographe, French.] A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.” (A humorous homeschool holiday, for all lovers of words and dictionaries.)
“Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes / He star’d at the Pacific — and all his men / Look’d at each other with a wild surmise — / Silent, upon a peak in Darien.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from John Keats, for all homeschool astronomers.)
“Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun / And left the vivid air signed with their honour.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Stephen Spender, for the great birthdays of February.)
“Awake ye muses nine, sing me a strain divine!” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Emily Dickinson, for Valentine Week.) ❤️
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, / But I have promises to keep, / And miles to go before I sleep.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Robert Frost, for wintry February — with a special lesson on rhyme-scheme mapping!)