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ERIC Number: EJ872806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Reading Poetry for Critical Reflection on Consumer Behavior
Scimone, Anthony J.
English Journal, v99 n3 p33-36 Jan 2010
Like many other dimensions of everyday life, people's need to satisfy themselves with stuff derives from deep impulses and responds to both obvious and subtle images. Ultimately, it isn't the commodities people buy so much as the behaviors they exhibit that are worth critical examination. What better way, then, to understand this phenomenon than to look to poetry, where one finds not only observations on culture and expressions of literary craft but also discoveries of self. In this article, the author draws on poems by Marge Piercy ("Barbie Doll"), Richard Wilbur ("Playboy"), and Howard Nemerov ("Life Cycle of Common Man") to help young adults unpack social issues of consumption. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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