Hildrens Literature Childrenas writers a?must communicate with them about serious matters of life metaphorically and poetically or not at alla

Childrenas writers a?must communicate with them about serious matters of life metaphorically and poetically or not at alla (Rustin and Rustin, in Reader 2, Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends, p. 212).

Explain how far you agree with this claim, referring to at least two of the Set Books in Block 4.

You could start by reading the chapter by Margaret Rustin and Michael Rustin in Reader 2, Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends, especially pp. 213a 5 where these authors give their interpretation of metaphorical elements in Tomas Midnight Garden. Rustin and Rustin use the term a?poetica here to refer to an elevated, imaginative form of expression. Then consider the metaphorical and poetic aspects of the set books in Block 4, and choose at least two to focus on in your assignment. You may want to choose books which you consider to use metaphor and poetic forms of expression particularly effectively, and you might decide to include examples which you consider communicate serious life matters without much recourse to metaphor or poetic language.
You could start your assignment by explaining how you are defining a?metaphorically and poeticallya, with reference both to Rustin and Rustin and to other module materials a for instance, those on the DVD-ROM. You do not need to quote or include various dictionary definitions as the point is to explain your own approach. Then define what you see as a?serious matters of lifea and explain your choice of Set Books for the assignment. You may want to discuss the use of metaphorical and poetic expression in each book in turn, or structure your answer in a different way a for instance, by examining a few examples of a?serious matters of lifea and their treatment by childrenas writers.
Your discussion could include evidence from the Set Books and from critical articles, the DVD-ROM and any relevant tracks on the DVDs. Finally, you should draw together your argument so as to explain your own response to the assignment question.