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ERIC Number: ED170751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Shared Struggles, Shared Triumphs: Watching Writers Write.
Greenberg, Mark
When teachers base classroom discussion of literature, particularly poetry, on the authors' manuscripts, notebooks, and letters, they allow students to watch writers write and to appreciate the craft involved in creative writing. Watching the writer at work--examining the drafts and correspondence for such poems as Blake's "London" or Keats'"To Autumn"--undercuts the intimidating authority of the anthologized work while providing concrete reasons for the final version's canonization. When students examine poetry in all its stages of creation, they begin to understand its formal and linguistic demands; as they trace a poem's progress toward completion, they develop critical methods and analytic skills for questioning literature's minute particulars. Students who watch writers write share the creator's struggles, and, present at the creation, they bask in the reflected glow of a perfected work's triumph. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (14th, Des Moines, Iowa, February 15-17, 1979)