ERIC Number: ED351690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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The Poet's Stance: Empathic Learning in the Introductory Poetry Class.
McCarthy, William Bernard
The principle of empathic learning (involving activities that help students feel what it is to be like someone else) can be used to teach poetry, a material about which students have strong prejudices, and an activity they cannot imagine themselves ever doing or being interested in. First, students are presented with the conception that people read and write poetry for itself, like crafts, sports, or going to movies. Students are told that poetry is a kind of game, and the first game the instructor talks about is the game of balancing oppositions. After discussing a poem full of oppositions, students suggest pairs of opposites, analyze poems in their textbooks, and write very brief opposition poems themselves. Similar activities are conducted for persona poems (in which the speaker is clearly not the poet); and the stances of apostrophe and reminiscence. Students are told that poets play games: then the students play the same games for themselves and share the results with the class. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Empathic Learning; Voice (Rhetoric); Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (23rd, Pittsburgh, PA, March 27-29, 1992).