What does the word “sonnet” remind you of? Often, when we think of a sonnet, we think of love poems. Since the Renaissance, the sonnet has been considered one of the highest forms of the English language--perfect for writing about love. Today, the 14 lines of sonnets still convey powerful messages. Read on to dig into more of the form and delights of sonnets!
Today we’re delighted to welcome, at long last, Charles Ghigna! Fondly known as “Father Goose,” Charles Ghigna lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books and more than 5,000 poems, which have appeared in textbooks, newspapers, and magazines from The New Yorker and to Cricket and Highlights. He has spoken at events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America. For more information, please visit his website at FatherGoose.com. Without further ado, here is the interview!
Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea or mug of cocoa and read some poetry. Winter poems often have the most wonderful sounds to them, mirroring the swish of snowflakes and the jingling of bells. Take a moment during your teatime this week to be quiet and listen. Hear the whisper of a snowflake settling on your glove, the crunch of ice under your boots, the tap of icicles melting onto the back porch on a bright blue winter afternoon.