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while climbing up the stairs
Posted by: cgidma (---.105.40.69.ip.alltel.net)
Date: August 15, 2004 11:50PM

Does anyone know who a poem that has the line " one day I met a man I couldn't see, I hope I don't see him tomorrow" ?


Re: while climbing up the stairs
Posted by: ilza (---.162.245.85.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 16, 2004 04:17AM

As I was going up the stair,
I met a man who was not there,
he wasn't there again today,
I wish that man would go away.
- Hugh Mearns

on Hugh
Posted by: ilza (---.162.245.85.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 16, 2004 04:58AM

he is the author of Creative Power ( 1929)
editor and teacher
- you can read about some of his ideas here :

Re: on Hugh
Posted by: cgidma (---.235.40.162.ip.alltel.net)
Date: August 16, 2004 07:40AM

Thanks for the info on the poem by Hugh Mearn. However the link you sent me for some of his works doesn't work.

Thanks again


on him, again ...
Posted by: ilza (---.162.245.85.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 16, 2004 09:39AM

ok, so here is then some info
( quoting other people)

William Hughes Mearns (1875-1965) was the first person known to
teach creative writing by name

He coined the term, so to speak
Mearns' interest was with "self-expression as a means of growth, and not of poetry....

In 1920 he became the head of the Lincoln School, a laboratory school founded by Abraham Flexner and run under the aegis of Teachers College at Columbia University.

There is a great magazine article, circa 1919, if I am not mistaken, when he says schools were ( then) "medieval"
( The Saturday Evening Post)

Mearns believe English curriculum should be focused not on historical analysis or grammatical correctness but on self-expression

Mearns replaced the traditional lower-school English curriculum of grammar, spelling, penmanship and literature with what he labeled "creative writing", believing his task as teacher to be one of guide, not instructor.

His books include Creative Youth- How a School Environment Set Free the Creative Spirit, Creative Power (1929) and Creative Adult (1940), as well as several novels

The poem you were looking for, The little man,
was written for The Psycho-ed, an amateur play, in Philadelphia, (1910)
(set to music in (1939) as 'The Little Man Who Wasn't There')

The last line is often quoted as
I wish, I wish he'd stay away.

( if you happen to get a copy of The New Oxford Book of children's verse,
edited by Neil Philip) you can know for sure.

I came to "discover" Mr. Mearns while studying Montessori Education ...

Re: while climbing up the stairs
Posted by: ilza (---.162.245.85.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 16, 2004 09:40AM

sorry for the typos ... (believe iso believed, etc)
kind of a hurry in here ...

Re: while climbing up the stairs
Posted by: kyle (---.home.cgocable.net)
Date: September 27, 2004 11:20PM

that poem is also in the movie identity

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