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Poetry and Pedagogy across the Lifespan: Disciplines, Classrooms, Contexts

Poetry and Pedagogy across the Lifespan: Disciplines, Classrooms, Contexts

by Sandra Lee Kleppe, Angela Sorby


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This book explores poetry and pedagogy in practice across the lifespan. Poetry is directly linked to improved literacy, creativity, personal development, emotional intelligence, complex analytical thinking and social interaction: all skills that are crucial in contemporary educational systems. However, a narrow focus on STEM subjects at the expense of the humanities has led educators to deprioritize poetry and to overlook its interdisciplinary, multi-modal potential. The editors and contributors argue that poetry is not a luxury, but a way to stimulate linguistic experiences that are formally rich and cognitively challenging. To learn through poetry is not just to access information differently, but also to forge new and different connections that can serve as reflective tools for lifelong learning. This interdisciplinary book will be of value to teachers and students of poetry, as well as scholars interested in literacy across the disciplines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030080136
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 12/19/2018
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Sandra Lee Kleppe is Professor at Inland University of Applied Sciences, Norway. Her monograph The Poetry of Raymond Carver is the first of its kind on Carver’s poetry production. She is also Director of the International Raymond Carver Society.

Angela Sorby is Professor of English at Marquette University, USA. An award-winning author of three volumes of poetry, she has also published the monograph Schoolroom Poets, and numerous articles on poetry from an academic perspective.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction.- SECTION I: POETRY ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES AND MODALITIES.- Chapter 2. Push the Envelope: An Alternative to Testing and the Teaching of Emily Dickinson's Manuscripts; Jacqueline Barrios.- Chapter 3. Reading Poetry Through Dance; Vivian Delchamps.- Chapter 4. The Chemistry of Poetry and the Poetics of Chemistry; Angela Sorby and Tracy Thompson.- Chapter 5. Poetry and Accounting: Two Roads Converged in a Wood; Rich Tobin.- Chapter 6. Multimodal Encounters, with Two Case Studies in the Recovery of the Black Signifier; Jim Cocola.- Chapter 7. Resounding Text: Teaching Poetry and Sound; Tomie Hahn, Jeffrey Summit, Sean Williams.- Chapter 8. Teaching Poetry with Painting; Sandra Lee Kleppe.- Chapter 9. Pedagogies of Personhood: The Place of Lyric in Cultural Criminology; Jesse Zuba.- SECTION II. POETRY PEDAGOGIES AND THEORIES FOR THE CLASSROOM.- Chapter 10. Helping High School Readers View Challenging Texts through the Lens of Literary Theory; Hallie Richmond and April Salerno.- Chapter 11. The 'Effanineffable' Weakness of Poetry: The Duality of Bringing Poetry into the Teacher Training Classroo; Johan Alfredsson.- Chapter 12. 'Ten Fat Sausages': Poetic Sense Units, Vocabulary Chunks and Language Acquisition in Young Learners; Christina Sandhaug.- Chapter 13. Poetry and Pedagogy in Teacher Education; Heidi Silje Moen. Chapter 14. Poetry as a Tool for Reflective Practice in Teacher Education and Development; Daniel Xerri.- SECTION III. SOCIOCULTURAL BENEFITS OF TEACHING POETRY.- Chapter 15. Poetry and Pedagogy in Spanish Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582): Affirming Life Lessons for Women; Anne M. Pasero.- Chapter 16. Teaching Unlikely Poets: Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frances E.W Harper; Brian Yothers.- Chapter 17. Poetry as Intersubjective Experience; Anna Lindhé.- Chapter 18. Whatever Gets You Through the Night: Poetry and Combat Trauma; Kristin Kelly.- Chapter 19. Expanding the Turn: Using Poetry to Navigate a Post-Truth World; Conor Bracken.- Chapter 20. Conclusion.

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“This is a book that may well transform thinking about poetry forever. Its authors explode the many myths and misconceptions about how one reads, understands and utilises the affordance of poems. They demand a re-imagining of the practice of poetry and show how poems, in all their manifestations, can offer unique satisfactions for the many and not just the few. This is a refreshing, exciting and much needed book that will make a difference to how poetry is read, taught and enjoyed.” (Professor Andrew Lambirth, Immediate Past President of the UK Literacy Association)

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