In an education landscape that dramatically deemphasizes creative expression in favor of expository writing and prioritizes the analysis of non-literary texts, high school literature teachers have to negotiate between their preferences and the way the wind is blowing. That sometimes means sacrifice, and poetry is often the first head to roll.
Yet poetry enables teachers to teach their students how to write, read, and understand any text. Poetry can give students a healthy outlet for surging emotions. Reading original poetry aloud in class can foster trust and empathy in the classroom community, while also emphasizing speaking and listening skills that are often neglected in high school literature classes.
This is a small excerpt from Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important that appeared years ago in The Atlantic. I included the link so you can read the entire article. However, I think it does a decent job discussing the role of poetry in the classroom. Hopefully our study of poetry this year helps to foster your love and appreciate of poetry!
Good job discussing both The History Teacher by Billy Collins and The Barred Owl by Richard Wilbur. We will write more on these topics next week!