Images: What Does A Child Care For Meaning

Images:  What Does A Child Care for Meaning?

The nursery rhymes like the “Mother Goose Rhymes” (How Does A Poem Mean by John Ciardi) give every child a sensation of fun and play.  Interpreting lines might be difficult for children but the spoken words offer children an amazing method of learning.  Repeating lines of worth unconsciously builds up sharp memories, that might come useful in the future (when the child grows up).

“Little Miss Muffet,”  “Humpty Dumpty,” “Hey Diddle Diddle,” are examples of what the kids want.  Truly, they’re sharp images!

What does a child care for meaning  ( See Mother Goose Rhymes):

Robert Frost provided a valuable clue when he spoke of “the pleasure taking pains.”
The main concern of  poetry is not to arrive a t a definition and to close the book, but to arrive at an experience.  There will never be a complete system for “understanding” or for “judging” poetry.

“Hey Diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such craft
And the dish ran away with the spoon.”

Thoughts are made of pictures.  Like words, images possess both denotation and connotation. They denote certain sensory  (usually visual) identifications and they connote an emotional aura.   Read the Haiku’s of Buson and Basho.  Haiku’s are rich in images and images can sound like meditations and chants if woven of art.

When Mother Goose Rhymes come into the picture, even adults love that certain feeling of reciting the verses.  Images are  for everyone like “Twinkle Twinkle little stars,”  “Mickey Mouse,” and the egg “Humpty Dumpty.”

And how would you remember the “crooked man,” “mirror, mirror on the wall,” and “angel of God?”

Robert Hass says:

1.“Images haunt.  There is a whole mythology built on this fact:  Cezanne painted till his eyes bled, Wordsworth wandering the lake country hills in an impassioned daze.

2. The colleague of Tu Fu said to him “It is like being alive twice”  Images are not quite ideas, they are stiller than that, and they are not myth they don’t have that explanatory power, they are nearer to pure story.  Nor are they always methaphor; they do not say this is that, they say this is.”

3. Czeslaw Milosz, “Tylko trwa wieczna chwila.” Only the moment is eternal. 

Have you how kids love to repeat rhymes, how adults laugh at cartoon shows and animation, and what wisdom and fun poems give to the world? 

It is how gelatin melts in your mouth and how one adores and says “I love.”

Rosalinda Flores – Martinez


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