|@@The field of poetry for children became active around 1965. It tended
to succeed prewar poems which were very serious and realistic or lyric.
Critical against such a tradition of poetry, Mado Michio (1909- ) published
Tempura Piri Piri, a collection of twenty-nine poems for children and created a completely new world of poetry for children. He also modernized the genre.|
@@Madofs poetry is humorous, nonsensical and entertaining with lots of word play. gInu ga Arukuh [A Dog is Walking] is a rumination about putting different kinds of bells on the paw of a dog so that one may know how each paw moves, because when a dog walks each bell would respectively gchirin, koron, karan, poronh (tinkle, clink, ting, or jingle). gKa-ba-no-u-do-n-koh [Hippofs Flour] is reading gKo-n-do-u-no-ba-kah (gKondo is a foolh in Japanese) backward. In gShimaumah [Zebra] a zebra is gin a cage of its own making.h Madofs idea is unique and the sound of his words is amusing. He even creates new words.
@@Madofs poetry is also imaginative and philosophical. In gIshikoroh [A Pebble] a pebble looks up into the sky remembering the days when it was a star. In gHibarih [A Skylark] a skylark sings in the field wondering whether its image is reflected in the mirror of blue sky. In gChikyû no Yôjih [Business of the Earth] a bead falling out of a hand onto a cushion stops at a hole in a tatami mat, and relaxes as if it had finished the business of the earth. gTsukemono no Omosih [Weight on Pickles] describes a personified weight stone from various points of view and questions its true nature. gInagoh [A Locust] captures a tense moment between gIh and a locust which is looking at gmeh gleaving the engine running to fly away anytime.h It makes readers think about life and death.
@@Eighteen poems have Sugita Yutakafs modern two-colored illustrations. All the poems were newly written except seven poems which had already been made public. Many of Madofs poems, including gInu ga Aruku,h gTsukemono no Omoshi,h gTempura Piri Piri,h and gInagoh have been adopted in elementary school textbooks since 1971, giving children opportunities to enjoy poetry.