ERIC Number: EJ1003160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Reference Count: 9
Research for the Classroom: Playing with Difficult Poetry--High School Seniors and Arthur Sze's "Quipu"
English Journal, v102 n2 p142-145 Nov 2012
The author had been assigned two sections of Contemporary Literature, a semester-long senior elective, and he wanted to do something new with poetry. He planned to teach Arthur Sze's "Quipu." Sze's poetry is nonlinear, adopting principles from science, anthropology, and history into a multilayered poetic texture--text unlike anything students typically encounter in high school. For him, this addressed key instructional goals: expanding students' concept of what literature is, pushing them into strange territory, and helping them manage the metaphorical and structural phenomenon "Quipu" presents. Although the author planned and tried a variety of approaches, what seemed to help students most was collaborating on imitations of Sze's style. Based on this work, he suggests opening up the literature curriculum to more stylistically challenging texts, and implementing a more sustained use of creative writing techniques to support and extend that reading. The implications of this approach are curricular and instructional as well as ethical.
Descriptors: Poetry, Creative Writing, High School Seniors, Teaching Methods, Imitation, Cooperative Learning, Language Arts, Literature
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
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