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10 Classic Children’s Poems Everyone Should Read

Ten of the best poems for children

What are the best children’s poems in all of English literature? Every reader will have their own firm favourites that bring back fond memories of those carefree and innocent days, but we’ve tried to select ten of the very finest classic poems for children for this post. For classic nursery rhymes, check out our pick of the best children’s nursery rhymes in a separate post.

Lewis Carroll, ‘Jabberwocky’. Often mistakenly called ‘The Jabberwocky’ (the Jabberwock is the monster, so the poem is ‘Jabberwocky’), this poem first appeared in Lewis Carroll’s 1871 follow-up book to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass. Focusing on the slaying of a fearsome monster, the titular Jabberwock, the poem is renowned for the inventiveness of its language: it gave us almost literally dozens of new words, including some now in common use: the words ‘chortle’ and ‘galumph’. Read the rest of this entry

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