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Spanish poem for children

Reading El jardín de Douglas recently, I was happy to find two new poems that I think are especially well suited to using with Spanish language learners. I will share one today and the other one in the next few days.

Douglas Wright is well-known poet, author and illustrator from Argentina. Finding his books in this country is not easy, but he generously shares his work on his blog El jardín de Douglas and also in the online magazine Imaginaria. I greatly appreciate his permission to share his poems with Spanish Playground readers!

Una poesia de parches is an excellent poem for children learning Spanish because the language is familiar to kids and because it is very visual. It is a poem about patches and colors and about poems and blankets made of patches and colors. I have not had a chance to use this poem in class yet, but these are a few of the obvious possibilities that I am excited to try:

– Kids can make their own manta (a paper representation) with the words of the poem on squares of different colors.

– Kids could follow the structure of the poem and change what the colors represent to personalize the second and fourth stanzas. This is a good way to talk about rhyme if they change all four lines, or they could change the first and third lines of each stanza and not affect the rhyme scheme of the poem.

– This would be an excellent poem to teach metáfora. Children could make a manta de metáforas using the structure un parche (color) es el/la (cosa). They could put one metaphor on each colored square the manta de metáforas.

I will share the poem here, but be sure to look at the illustration of the poem at the link below. It makes the poem especially clear for children learning Spanish.

I have included a translation below the link to the poem. It is a word-for-word translation for meaning only and (unfortunately) does not conserve the rhyme or rhythm of the poem.

Una poesía de parches

Una poesía de parches
de cuadritos de color,
como una manta tejida,
tejida con mucho amor.

Un parche azul es el cielo
y uno amarillo es el sol,
y un parche verde es la plaza
donde todo es resplandor.

Unos parches de poesías,
de poesías de color,
tejidos como una manta,
como una manta de amor.

Un parche negro es la noche
y un parche blanco es el día,
uno gris es la tristeza
y uno rojo es la alegría.

Una poesía de parches
de cuadritos de color,
tejida como una manta,
como una manta de amor.

Link to Spanish poem for children

Spanish poem for children – Una poesía de parches by Douglas Wright

Word-for-word translation (for meaning)

A Poem of Patches

A poem of patches,
of little squares of color,
like a quilted blanket
sewn with lots of love.

A blue patch is the sky,
a yellow one the sun,
a green patch is the plaza
where everything is brightness.

Patches of poems,
of poems of color,
sewn like a blanket
like a blanket of love.

A black patch is the night,
a white patch is the day,
a grey one is sadness,
and a red one is joy.

A poem of patches,
of little squares of color,
sewn like a blanket
like a blanket of love.

You may also be interested in this post: Spanish Poem for Children and Printable Activity – No los veo by Douglas Wright

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