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Reading and Writing Poetry

Reading and Writing Poetry

Open textbook:   "This booklet is a collection of opinions of nearly 50 important poets from 25 countries in 5 continents on the best ways to present poetry to secondary school pupils. It is mainly intended for use in teacher training programmes, to bring to methods of teaching poetry two important dimensions: the creative perspective of poets themselves, as well as the perspective of different cultures regarding the reading and...

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Jorge Hernandez Camacho
Jorge Hernandez Camacho (Teacher (K-12))
2 years ago
This book is a fantastic tool to teach poetry, especially for teenagers. What I most appreciated from it is that shows a modern perspective on the teaching of this art. Poetry is not a genre that students enjoy too much, but it is not their fault. Several factors influence students to feel this rejection for poetry, as the old material students are forced to read in schools or the teachers' lack of compromise for making their courses more engaging. For that reason, this is a great book, because it can inspire teachers by encouraging them to teach poetry like a play, "a game with language," an aspect that is much more attractive. The author also recommends encouraging students to write their own poems and to integrate other art forms during the process. For example, music, painting, and film, which definitely will make the exploration of poetry much funnier and enjoyable for youths. Another significant aspect of this book is the inclusion of 50 poets from different nationalities who share with the reader their vision about poetry and the best ways educators should teach it. By reading these quotes, teachers will learn a variety of techniques rarely used in the classrooms. The voices of these authors invite us to reflect on the endless personifications a poem can transform. On the many academic advantages, students receive when they read poetry, and the sensitive human beings professors are shaping in their classrooms just for making the learning of poetry a great experience.