From Tongue to Text
The connection between childhood and poetry runs deep. Drawing on Walter Ong's theory of orality and on Iain McGilchrist's work on brain function, this book develops a new theoretical framework for the study of children's poetry. From Tongue to Text argues that the poem is a multimodal form that exists in the borderlands between the world of experience and the world of language and between orality and literacy – places that children themselves inhabit. Engaging with a wide range of poetry from nursery rhymes and Christina Rossetti to Michael Rosen and Carol Ann Duffy, I demonstrate how these 'tactful' works are shaped by the dynamics of orality and textuality.
From Tongue to Text: A New Reading of Children's Poetry was published by Bloomsbury Academic (2017)