So any guesses how some of my 10th graders reacted to the definition of poetry as "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" as given in the movie Dead Poet's Society?
Guess I should have seen that one coming.
It's so hard to talk about what poetry means to people when I know that some members of my audience have their minds completely blocked off. I try to use Billy Collins' "Introduction to Poetry" as a starting point. I have them act out the imagery in the poem and then after they see the dramas, talk about what they think Collins is trying to say about how we should approach a reading of poetry. It provides a good place for them to see why they're so frustrated by poetry, and why they think they're not "good" at it.
I'm wondering myself, though, how I can approach this unit without feeling disappointed at the response. I guess it just comes with the territory.
Some of you younger members might be better able to advise me here. What attracted you to poetry to begin with, and why have you stuck with it? Does academia "kill" your love for poetry? Why? What would be a better approach?
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