My first assignment for grad school was to type up two pages from a “Literary Treasure” and bring them into class. I spent HOURS thinking about what to bring. My first inclination was to pick something from War and Peace or Crime and Punishment, but then I decided not to lie to myself or pretend something I didn’t feel, so I chose the first few pages of A Wrinkle in Time. I ended up re-reading the whole series.
“With Tara in this fateful hour
I place all heaven with its power,
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And the fire with all the strength it hath,
And the lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness,
And the earth with its starkness,
All these I place
By God’s almighty help and grace
Between myself and the powers of darkness.”
What poems touched you as a child?