Percy Bysshe Shelley regarded poets as “the best legislators in the world’. That so, then children are the wisest legislators, thus the saying “out of the mouths of babes.” Ask a child what something looks, tastes, sounds, smells, feels like and you’ll get a stunning reply. “My arm’s gone fizzy” (pins and needles), “you smell of swan” or “Nana, the sun has no shadow” (on a hot day). Metaphor and simile fall from them like a harvest of linguistic treasures. Skipping forward in time from Shelley, the great musician Yehudi Menuhin once made the point that when a child reaches the age of reason, a shadow seems to fall over creativity. He says that society forces the child to hide those wonderful and unique ways of describing the world for fear of seeming foolish. ”. – Eileen Casey
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Eileen Casey – The Mouths of Babes – Guest Editorial
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