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|Posted By: Rus|
Posted On: Mar 26, 2011
Way back when ... six decades ago ... my grandmother and I would gather every pillow in her house andpile up the pillows on her bed, then we'd lie back until well after my bedtime while she read poems to me from a book entitled One Hundred and One Famous Poems, a 1929 compendium of poetry by America's greatest poets. Three of Eugene Field's poems were included, Little Boy Blue, The Duel, Jest 'Fore Christmas,among the more serious works by Wordsworth, Poe, Dickenson, Whitman, Whittier, Emerson, etc. The Duel was my favorite, especially for the way she read it - her inflections, her facial expressions and her comments.
A lot of Field's material was in a melancholy vein. It is his more playful writings that I prefer. The Duel was an early childhood favorite, but in more recent years it's Jest 'Fore Christmas.
|Posted By: Judy McManus|
Posted On: Oct 17, 2010
|Gigham dog and Calico Cat|
I had to memorize this when I was three, and recite it at our family's Christmas gathering. Later, when my little brother and I would fight (all the time!) my mother wold start the poem in hopes that we would stop. It never worked!
|Posted By: Virginia Stearns|
Posted On: Aug 27, 2010
I have loved the poem, "The Duel" since I was a child. But I have always remembered it as "The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat." I have made, painted and put in our garden, yard art of a gingham dog and a calico cat.
I tease my husband that the dog and cat represent the two of us.
|Posted By: Leslie Halvorsen|
Posted On: Dec 15, 2009
My father read a lot of Eugene Field to me when I was a child. I loved it! Later I thrived on Robert Frost, Vachel Lindsay, and others. Now, 'eons' later, I belong to a Book Discussion Group that devotes its December meeting to poetry. What a marvelous opportunity to hear, read and discuss each member's selected poem for the year. (Most of us are in our 70s). Recently, a younger friend of mine authored a book of poetry entitled 'Life Drawing Class', copyright 2009. Her poetry is drastically different from that which I read as a child. I will be raising questions about differences between the style of poetry of yesteryear and current times at our meeting tomorrow. Must say that I'm very happy to have discovered this site.
|Posted By: Eleanor Anton|
Posted On: Dec 21, 2008
|The Duel (Gingham Dog and Calico Cat)|
My children grew up listening to this poem. To this day they still tell their children about this scrappy pair. It Instilled such imagination,fun,excitement and love of poetry.
Another bedttime favorite was Wynken, Blynken and Nod.