Poetry Break # 1
(By poet who is no longer living)
I enjoy dreaming at night and try
to remember my dreams during the day. Sometimes I can remember pieces, but usually
I can not. In 1885, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of TREASURE ISLAND, wrote this poem about children's dreams.
Land of Nod
breakfast on through all the day
home among my friend I stay,
every night I go abroad
into the land of Nod.
by myself I have to go,
none to tell me what to do-
alone beside the streams
up the mountainside of dreams.
strangest things are there for me,
things to eat and things to see,
many frightening sights abroad
morning in the land of Nod.
as I like to find the way
can get back by day,
can remember plain and clear
curious music that I hear.
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1885. Taken
from A CHILDS TREASURY OF POEMS edited by
Mark Daniel, Penguin Books, 1986, p. 144.
Extension: a) Invite children to
discuss their dreams. What are some unusual ones they remember? Do they dream
in color? Is it difficult to remember dreams the next day? Do they recall any scary dreams? b) Read this poem several times and ask students to share their feelings and thoughts. Could
this poem have been written today? Share a more contemporary poem about dreams
and ask students which one they prefer.