Poems For Infant Minds

The finger-wagging moral poetry of the 18th and 19th century - which warned girls and boys against the dangers of being naughty - are poet Nigel Forde's subject. How did we get from cautionary tales to the zany nonsense of the last century and has the moral message wrapped in verse really changed all that much?

With contributions from a huge range of writers from the Taylor sisters whose anthology of 1804 gave the programme its title, to the likes of Lear, Stevenson, De La Mere and Dr Seuss.

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The finger-wagging moral poetry of the 18th and 19th century - which warned girls and boys against the dangers of being naughty - are poet Nigel Forde's subject. How did we get from cautionary tales to the zany nonsense of the last century and has the moral message wrapped in verse really changed all that much?

With contributions from a huge range of writers from the Taylor sisters whose anthology of 1804 gave the programme its title, to the likes of Lear, Stevenson, De La Mere and Dr Seuss.