ERIC Number: ED215351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
The Click and Twitch in Contemporary Poetry.
It is the creative writing instructor's role to help the student turn "twitch" poems into "click" poems ("twitch" being a kind of verbal hypertension that takes shape in the absence of anything humanly important to say on the poet's part and "click" being the finished poem that makes a sound like the click of the lid on a perfectly made box). Teachers can help students achieve this by letting them know that a poem may begin with the self, but it should never end there. Students need to learn that the well-made poem is not a bundle of devices, but an individual's insight, and that a good poem transcends its author's intentions and understanding. Teachers need also to make students comfortable with criticism, and provide them with alternative approaches to poetry writing. Teachers must also help students establish a set of critical standards, let them earn praise, and not let them make poems of what is directly in front of them. Teachers should not seek to liberate students from fears, inhibitions, defenses, and prejudices, but should let them know about the potential poems around them. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on English in the Two-Year College (17th, Winston-Salem, NC, February 25-27, 1982).