ERIC Number: ED210707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
"Make It New": Introducing Poetry Through Writing Poetry.
One approach to introducing students to poetry is to have them write and analyze their own poems. Although this approach has some disadvantages, it does serve to tap students' experiences and expressive potential with creative projects and to give them an immediate and direct relationship with the traditional published works. By writing poems themselves, students become aware of the elements of poetry at a visceral and intellectual level. Students should read their poems in juxtaposition to published and traditional pieces in order to reinforce instruction and critical thinking and to deepen their literary sensibilities. Three exercises that can be used to emphasize imagery and concrete diction involve writing haiku, riddle poems, and animal poems. Combined with yoga exercises in relaxation and concentration, these writing assignments lead the students gradually from the interior eye of memory to an empathetic viewing of external objects and animals. Three follow-up assignments that deal more with human relationship, allowing students to examine more serious and dramatic content, involve writing the verse epitaph, personal poems and dramatic monologues (in combination with Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess" and T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"), and the parody. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (15th, New York, NY, October 16-18, 1980).