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ERIC Number: ED019281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
Pages: 7
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Reference Count: 0
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A COMPARISON OF THE POETRY SELECTIONS IN SIX LITERATURE ANTHOLOGY SERIES.
AMES, WILBUR S.
THE TWO PURPOSES OF THIS INVESTIGATION WERE TO TEST THE IMPLICATION THAT POEMS USED IN ANTHOLOGIES ARE SELECTED LARGELY BY CHANCE, AND TO COMPARE THE POETRY SELECTIONS IN SIX WELL-KNOWN SECONDARY SCHOOL LITERATURE ANTHOLOGIES TO DETERMINE THEIR EXTENT OF AGREEMENT ABOUT WHICH POEMS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE CURRICULUM. THE SIX ANTHOLOGIES CONTAINED (1) AN AVERAGE OF 464 POEMS APIECE, WITH 1,746 DIFFERENT POEMS USED IN ALL SIX SERIES, 70 PERCENT OF WHICH WERE DUPLICATED IN ONE OTHER SERIES, AND 1 PERCENT IN ALL SIX, (2) THE WORK OF 454 POETS, WITH DICKINSON, FROST, SANDBURG, SHAKESPEARE, AND WHITMAN, IN THAT ORDER, CONTRIBUTING THE LARGEST NUMBER OF POEMS, AND (3) 139 POEMS USED FOUR OR MORE TIMES, ONLY 53 OF WHICH WERE PLACED AT THE SAME GRADE LEVEL EACH TIME. THE PREDOMINANT PATTERN INDICATED THAT (1) ANTHOLOGY COMPILERS DISAGREE AS TO WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD POETRY CURRICULUM FOR GRADES 7-12, AND NO METHODOLOGY EXISTS AS TO HOW TO FIND OUT, (2) RECENT AMERICAN POETS ARE HEAVILY FAVORED, SUGGESTING A NEED FOR CHANGED EMPHASIS IN ENGLISH-TEACHER EDUCATION, AND (3) NO READABILITY FORMULA HAS BEEN DEVISED TO TEST THE COMPARATIVE DIFFICULTY OF POEMS AND TO DETERMINE AT WHICH GRADE LEVEL PARTICULAR POEMS CAN BEST BE UNDERSTOOD--A MUCH-NEEDED AREA OF RESEARCH. (THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE "MISSOURI ENGLISH BULLETIN," VOL. 25 (JANUARY 1968), 11"16.) (JB)
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Identifiers: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI