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ERIC Number: ED358475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Poetry in the Writing Classroom.
Gaffney, Elizabeth
Students at Westchester Community College (WCC) are a diverse and often disenfranchised group. To help these students find their own voices, lyric poems are read now and then in a freshman writing course. Initially, lyric poems are read and discussed during the first week of class. Without the fear of reading something incomprehensible, students approach the texts willingly. Lyric poems also succeed as welcome "brief" texts sprinkled here and there throughout the semester. Seamus Heaney's poem "Digging" has served as a bridge between thematic units on family and on education. Because many of the students at WCC are the first in their families to attend college, they hear and appreciate the admiration in Heaney's voice as he speaks of his elders. However, expressive discourse can be risky. A highly charged discussion followed when a student recited the lyrics to Eric Clapton's song "Tears in Heaven." Lyrics succeed in the composition class because students and teachers respond to the voice of loss or grief or celebration. (Five lyric poems are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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