Billy Collins vs Samuel Chelpka

Following from Amy’s comment on yesterday’s post, I came across a YouTube vid that I just have to share. It’s a three year old boy called Samuel Chelpka, who has memorised Billy Collins’s poem “Litany”:

Gorgeous, isn’t it? And what great parents, to have taught their child to love poetry this young. If you’re wondering what Billy Collins thought about it, this article covers their meeting a year later.

And if you want to see and hear the man himself, try:


Time for a poll.
Which version do you like better?

2 Replies to “Billy Collins vs Samuel Chelpka”

  1. I don’t think the Billy Collins version needed the long introduction – he really takes his time explaining things that we could have figured out for ourselves.
    Other than that, I enjoyed both.

    1. I just loved the way Samuel managed to get exactly the right tone to “There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air.”
      Deary deary me. He’s learning it very young.

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