ERIC Number: ED182765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Poetry Preferences among High School Students. Studies in Language Education Report No. 37.
Bryan, Mary Anna; Agee, W. Hugh
Results of a survey of 165 high school students' responses to 100 poems were analyzed and compared to the poetry preferences of elementary school students in a similar study conducted by Ann Terry in 1974. The results showed that humorous and narrative poems appealed to a wide age range. Four of the five most popular poems in the high school survey were narratives. Students of all ages tended to dislike the same poetic forms, especially haiku and free verse. Of the 25 least popular poems in both the high school and the Terry surveys, 13 poems appeared on both lists. In the high school survey, most of the preferred poems were rhymed, while most of the least liked poems were not rhymed. The older students responded more positively to poems in which sound was subtle or musical in quality. Students did not like poems that they did not understand, explaining the unpopularity of haiku. Figurative language and imagery made poetry difficult to understand among the young children in the Terry study and the high school students with low reading comprehension. Since a number of poems with involved imagery and figurative language got favorable responses in the high school survey, maturity seems to be an important factor in the positive response to these poetic devices. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Language Education.