Teaching Poetry

When you are teaching poetry, your are likely to get these questions from your students: Why do we have to study poetry? Why even bother?

Essentially, poetry is part of the human tapestry. It is a representation of our heartbreak, our joy, our passion, our pain. Besides, poetry is everywhere: in Scripture, great books, in greeting cards, on mugs, etc. Reading and interpreting good poetry helps your students acquire an awareness of beauty, a deeper sense of feelings and nature, and an appreciation for words.

But don't take my word for it. The English teacher in Dead Poet's Society, played by Robin Williams, said it best:

Return from Teaching Poetry to Teaching Creative Writing


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