Poetry a Necessity Against Materialism

Poetry & Children by Mrs. Alston

IF fairies and flowers are necessary to the growth of a child’s spirit, poetry is not a luxury and it is more than a recreation for leisure hours. It is a necessity, like fresh air and sunshin,e and it is the necessity of poetry and of the cultivation of the poetic spirit that requires recognition if we are to save our children from the asphyxia of materialism.  Some think the war will do this ,because the war, it is  alleged, has altered our outlook and given us higher ideals. But the war will not alter the fact that this is the mechanical age, with schools larger and larger, life becoming more complicated and hurried, and people tending more and more to herd together in crowds. If the war has altered our outlook  and given us higher ideals,  all the more reason that we must teach our children to keep their ideals burning by the fire of poetry. Let children dream their dreams and let us fill their lives with poetry so that their dreams may come, for true poetry teaches them to build mansions not made with hands for the soul to dwell in the stress and turmoil of later years.

Poetry teaches them give things their true values, for the poetic spirit has learned to ‘consider the lilies of the field.’

Poetry and Children, by Madeline Alston. From an Article appearing in The Living Age, volume 299, 1918

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  1. Frances
    Posted March 4, 2021 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Totally redundant quotation!
    “We are the music makers,
    And we are the dreamers of dreams…”

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