If you’re looking for a different kind of book, pick up a copy of Take Off Your Brave: Poems Just for You. This book features unique poems about the subjects such as love from a young boy named Nadim Shamma-Sourgen. Yes, you read that correctly. A young boy. Nadim was only four years old when he was offered a book deal for his poems. Despite his young age, Nadim’s poetry is incredibly moving and inspirational. His poems discuss important topics and feelings in an honest way that anyone can relate to.
Nadim didn’t set out to have his poems published in a book, it just happened. At this point in time, he hadn’t learned to write, so he would dictate his poetry to his mother, Yasmine Shamma. Yasmine shared her son’s work with Kate Clanchy, a poet and teacher who shared her love of poetry. Clanchy was moved by the little boy’s words, finding them “simple, inspirational and [with] a wisdom all of their own”. Clanchy wanted others to be able to read the poems, so she shared them on social media. After being interviewed by the Sunday Times and Sky News, Nadim was given a book deal with Walker Books. The book was published the following summer, giving everyone a chance to read these incredible poems.
What makes Nadim’s poems so unique is that it’s obvious a young child wrote them. The verses have a childlike, innocent quality that an adult simply can’t replicate. Nadim’s poems give you the feeling of being four again, creating a world of love and happiness.
Reading any kind of poetry will have a positive effect on a reader. Reading a poem allows you to get into the mind of who wrote it. You can understand a person’s feelings and mind better by seeing what they’ve written. Reading another person’s poetry will also help you to understand the significance of words. The words a person chooses and where they’re placed shows what’s going on in the mind of the poet when they wrote it. Reading poems about subjects such as love will make you feel good because of its positive words. Poetry allows you to feel things in a way no other medium can. If you can get all of these benefits from reading an adult’s poetry, think of how great you'll feel after reading Nadim’s poems. Click here to pick up your own copy today: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/9781406399707?gC=098f6bcd4.
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