Bazilevski A.B. Serbian and Russian Children’s Poetry Today: Growing up and down
Poetry for children is a field of special responsibility. Regrettably, substituting genuine children’s poetry with quasi-children’s poetry is a trend. The latter allows for lifeless ideology-bound formalism, lecturer-like mode of speech, and advocacy of unlimited material freedom. And all in vain. Both ideology-based poetry and ideology-free poetry, of the demonstrative type, play into the hands of today’s elites who tend to encourage destructive utopism. Their goal is to slow down human growth, make him/her incapable of independent thinking, rob him/her of freedom to oppose the sluggish social system. Children’s poetry may grow up only if it starts to show kids in striking contrast genuine images of compassion, altruism, mercy, and justice, on the one hand, and falsehood, meanness, selfishness, outward superiority, on the other.
children’s poetry in Serbia, children’s poetry in Russia, creative responsibility, childish behaviour, destructive utopism