What Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter de la Mare, and Edward Lear teach us about writing poetry for kids.

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July 20 2010 6:53 AM

Wild Child

The best poems for kids aren't the soft and saccharine ones.

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Click the arrow on the audio player below to hear Robert Pinsky read "There was an Old Man with a beard." You can also download the recording or subscribe to Slate's Poetry Podcast on iTunes.

Slate Poetry Editor Robert Pinsky will be joining in discussion of these classic children's poems this week. Post your questions and comments on the poems, and he'll respond and participate. You can also browse "Fray" discussions of previous classic poems.

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Robert Pinsky's most recent books are his Selected Poems and Singing School, an anthology and manifesto.

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