"The Song and the Arrow," by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow, is listed first in "The Project Gutenberg eBook of Poems Every Child Should Know." It is a timeless poem that has delighted generations of young boys in their early stages of development.Continue Reading
Wordsworth, an American poet, is recognized for his mass appeal at home and abroad. He is noted for the musicality of his many lyric poems, often touching upon legend and mythology in his works. The musical qualities of this composition in particular make it suitable for a baby boy. It is a brief poem, and one well-suited to a boy with a new ear for music and poetry. As "The Project Gutenberg eBook of Poems Every Child Should Read" states in its preface, "The child enjoys most the poem that is just long enough..."
In addition to capturing a young boy's imagination with its opening image of an archer and his bow and arrow, the simple structure of the poem serves as a fantastic introduction to poetry for budding minds taking their first steps into the world of literature. The poem is a fine example of heavily metered lines set in three separate quatrains, or stanzas of four lines, which in this case are composed of two rhyming couplets each.Learn more about New Baby