NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ1097642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8034
We Are What We "Say" We Eat: What's on the Menu in the Poetry Classroom?
Getz, Tom
CEA Forum, v37 n1 Win-Spr 2008
With a nod to Shakespeare, if food be the food of love, eat on. This article discusses the great pleasure teachers can have as careful readers of poetry when sharing poems with students in which the readers are what they "say" they eat. The purpose in focusing on poetic food is to combine a pedagogy with an ethics. To accomplish this, teachers need to emphasize the importance of reading with the mouth and ear--speaking and listening--as a way of actualizing and animating the relationship between mind and body and spirit. Readers learn through performing the poems presented in this paper--saying them, hearing them, and understanding them simultaneously--that language takes its meaning not by referring to external objects-in-themselves but by the experience of speaking, hearing, and "doing" the language. Suggestions for additional poems for the consumption of reading with mouths and minds are included.
College English Association. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A