Reflections on Teaching Poetry Series
"Suddenly, students were internalizing all the rules of poetry, without the aid of pen, paper, textbook, or teachers. I think part of the appeal has been the return to the oral nature of poetry. Teenagers have always loved their music, and what is poetry but music using words as the instrument? Asking students to hear poetry seems to be a first step in coming to appreciate it." Continue Reading.
"Also—they’re beginning to learn that poetry isn’t always about structure and rules—it’s also about expression. That expression is a tremendous power. The greater exposure kids have to different poems and poets, the more interested they become." Continue Reading.
"Teaching poetry has also allowed me to tap into my students’ other forms of creative expression. The musicians help their peers understand rhythm. The visual artists bring a certain sensitivity to lights, shadow, color, and object. I believe that creativity breeds creativity, and I exploit that by asking my students to freewrite in response to a series of short instrumental songs and by doing an ekphrastic poetry swap with the painting classes." Continue Reading.