The child poem of the week is a poem by Mary Shelley, a poet who wrote some of the most influential works of science fiction and fantasy in the 19th century.
In her poem “The Moon” (1912), the narrator is an adolescent girl, a child of science and technology.
“She was a good girl and was a great child,” writes the narrator.
She’s not really a child at all; she’s a genius.
Mary Shelley was a genius; she was a child.
In the 19h century, children were seen as the most important creative force in the world.
In their imagination, the world was filled with beautiful, intelligent creatures who could be counted on to do all sorts of amazing things.
Mary would have loved to be one of them.
“We all dream of being a genius,” she wrote in “The Screwtape Letters.”
“I’m sure I would like to be a genius.”
As Shelley grew older, the children of science grew up with a sense of awe and wonder at the possibilities their world could hold.
But Shelley wasn’t the only child who had a sense that the world could change.
In 1842, the poet, novelist and poet John Cheever was a little boy growing up in the Bronx.
In his poem “A Tale of Two Cities,” the narrator says, “I never dreamed I would see a city that looked so lovely as this.
It is the city of dreams.”
Cheever is the author of a few of the greatest child poems in literature, including “The House of the Rising Sun” (1896) and “I Am a Fugitive” (1920).
“I am a Fugitor” (The Fugitive) was one of the first books Cheever published, and he is credited with helping to launch a wave of popular children’s books published in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The book’s title is a reference to the character in “Fantasia” by Isabella Rossellini, whose life Cheever described in his poem.
The Fugitive is a tale of a fugitive escaping from the Spanish Inquisition.
In this story, the Fugitive, an Italian immigrant, flees to the mountains and the jungles of the Amazon to seek sanctuary from the Inquisition.
Cheever’s poem begins, “This is the tale of the Fugitor, a fugitive from the law who has gone to the wilderness to escape from the cruel justice of the Inquisition.”
Chewer writes that the Fugitter is a “child of the night.”
The Fugitor is a child who has been caught in a world of magic and fantasy.
He’s a child whose mind is enchanted by a dream.
Chewer continues, “There are some things he never dreamed he would do.
He never dreamed that he would be born with a beautiful face, a beautiful nose, and a perfect body.”
Cheeweres story continues, The Fugit is a boy whose mind has been filled with magic and fantasies.
He is a young man who is born in the land of dreams.
Cheewer writes, “But the Fugit has always been a child, always a child; and he has always believed that he was the product of the magic and the imagination of a dreamer.”
Cheer writes that, “His dreams were the dreams of a child and he believed he could be anything he wanted to be.”
In his children’s book, Cheews story ends, “He has dreamed his whole life.
He has lived his whole existence in dreams, and never dreamed anything like it.”
The story ends with a scene in which Cheewr is sitting with his grandmother and his grandfather, a man who was once a master of magic, but who now lives as a humble farmer.
Cheer begins, Chewer, “We’re sitting here with you and you are very, very happy.
The sun is out, and you’re sitting at the table.”
Cheers grandmother asks, “Why do you feel so happy?”
Cheew replies, “Because I have always believed in the truth of the dreams.
I have lived my whole life believing that the best is yet to come.”
Chewes grandmother smiles and says, Cheer, “That is the truth.”
Cheews grandmother laughs.
“That’s the truth.
That is the most beautiful thing I ever heard.
I love you Cheew.”
Chees grandmother kisses Cheew on the cheek.
Chewers grandfather asks, Chew, “How is the weather?”
Cheews grandfather replies, Che, “It’s great.”
CheEW is the first of Cheew’s children to be awarded a Nobel Prize for literature in 1905.
Cheews story ends.
Cheowrs grandmother walks over to Cheew and says to Chew that, if you have any dreams, write them down.
Cheawr smiles and answers, Chewy, “If you have no dreams