Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Poetry taught at Walworth/Mina Road

Someone who was a student teacher on teaching practice at Walworth in about 1957 was invited by the head, Mr Rogers (who was an English teacher), to watch him teach a poetry lesson to a third or fourth year class.

The poem he taught (probably from a book) was the following and I wonder whether anyone else remembers that poem being taught either by Rogers or any other English teacher -- and what was the poetry book?

To a Young Child
Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By & by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep & know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow's springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Any memories, please send them to us (the Walworth history research project) at walworthresearch@me.com.

1 comment:

Pete Medway said...

Roy Boardman comments that Arthur Harvey taught this poem. Hopkins was certainly one of his favourites. He impressed on us the meaning-through-sound, especially in other Hopkins poems such as The Windhover and Spring.

Goldengrove is Poem VI in I.A. Richards's Practical Criticism..