Chivvy :

Ask yourself as well as your partner. Do you like to be always told what to do or not to do? Do grown-ups do this in your experience? When Michael was five years old, his mother took him to a nearby school for admission. The teacher asked, “What does your mother call you at home, child?" “Michael Don’t," came the confident reply.

Note : To chivvy is to nag, “to continuously urge someone to do something, often in an annoying way", according to the dictionary. Read the poem now.

Grown-ups say things like:

Speak up

Don’t talk with your mouth full

Don’t stare

Don’t point

Don’t pick your nose

Sit up

Say please

Less noise

Shut the door behind you

Don’t drag your feet

Haven’t you got a hankie?

Take your hands out of

your pockets

Pull your socks up

Stand up straight

Say thank you

Don’t interrupt

No one thinks you’re funny

Take your elbows off the table

Can’t you make your own

mind up about anything?

Michael Rosen

The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.

Here is a list of English Poems written by various authors. Whatever the question is, poetry may be the answer. Writers say poetry provides them with comfort, a way to express themselves and the discipline of finding the essence with few words. Writing the poem (and finding just the right word) is the measure of success that the authors use. Really good poetry is instinctive. It’s who you are. It’s from the heart. You need to expose yourself to all kinds of poets and you may find your motivation and muse that way. Poetry gets to the core meaning. Poetry expands ideas.

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