ERIC Number: ED168042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Poetry and the Self: A Brief Autobiographical Overview of Some Successes and Some Flops Using "Poetry Therapy" Techniques in Conventional and Experimental Classes, with Implications for English Teachers Anywhere.
Weinstock, Donald J.
A personal account of an English instructor's experiences with poetry therapy--the use of poetry to help people get in touch with, and begin dealing with, their problems and feelings--is provided in this paper. Among the topics dealt with are the following: the scope of poetry therapy, the instructor's early dissatisfactions with traditional English teaching methods, his first introduction to poetry therapy, some of his initial problems in teaching a poetry therapy course, the course organization that he eventually developed, incidents that show the value of the course to individual students, teaching techniques and assignments that have proved successful, goals of a poetry therapy course, and the teacher's role in poetry therapy. The paper includes excerpts from students' course evaluations as well as excerpts from students' writings that show how the course helped them reveal their feelings through poetry. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Poetry Therapy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Association of Teachers of English (19th, Los Angeles, California, February 18-20, 1977)