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Poetry Friday: The Book of Fairy Poetry

The Book of Fairy PoetryHaving my teen play queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream rekindled an interest I had in the fairer folk. Growing up, I was obsessed with Michael Hague’s illustrations of all sorts of fantastical creatures and recently came across a library book that I missed in my more practical parenting years. The Book of Fairy Poetry features a variety of poems from Shakespeare to Prelutsky paired with Hague’s lush illustrations. While there is plenty of spritely dancing, the darker side is well-represented with poems of goblin tricks and fairy revenge. It's a gorgeous collection for adults and children. With his long career of creating enchanted worlds his artist note states, “In a very real sense I have been working on this volume of fairy poetry all my life.”

For Poetry Friday - hosted today at Check It Out - here is Shakespeare's song for Titania's slumber:
You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedge-hogs, be not seen;
Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong;
Come not near our fairy queen.
Philomel, with melody
Sing in our sweet lullaby;
Lulla, lulla, lullaby;
Never harm
Nor spell nor charm.
Come our lovely lady nigh;
So, good night, with lullaby.

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Bridget Magee said...

I'm going to check out this Fairy Poetry book - my 9 y/o is in a fairy phase at the moment - perfect timing. Thanks for sharing! =)

Mary Lee said...

Perfect choice for St. Patty's weekend!!

Ruth said...

Oh, how fun! I was in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in high school, but I was never ethereal enough to play a fairy. I was Helena, the taller of the two ridiculous girls in the woods. :-) Such a wonderful play.