Teaching Poetry

Anyone can do it!

We've become way too dependent on on specialists and experts in our culture. Look, if you have a brain tumor, you need a specialist, but to learn poetry? That's something anyone who enjoys poetry (or even hates it!) can teach. You can even use guides like this book, Teaching Poetry: Yes You Can! You don't even have to do that, though. Just collect some great poems and start talking about them.

Rhyme, meter, rhythm. Alliteration, personification, simile, metaphor. You remember all of this, right? Share your knowledge with others by reading poems out loud, doing poetry studies or projects and just enjoying the material. Enjoyment is the secret that makes learning stick!

Do you teach poetry? How do you approach it?

 

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