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Poetry Everywhere (2nd ed.)


reviewed by Christopher L. Battams January 13, 2006

coverTitle: Poetry Everywhere (2nd ed.)
Author(s): Jack Collom and Sheryl Noethe
Publisher: Teachers & Writers Collaborative , New York
ISBN: 0915924692, Pages: 344, Year: 2005
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A poem is after all a fragile thing, and its intrinsic worth is a subjective consideration. Gioia (1992, p. 8) Poetry has been part of the western canon for centuries.  From at least the third century B.C., it was part of the Greek education system and was seen as an integral part of artistic and creative development.  This inclusion of poetry in early primary and later secondary education indicates the primacy of the art form at the time. In the British system, poetry formed an important part of the creative development of students and scholars.  It should form part of English curriculum in all education systems.  It should form part of the essential learning in the English language.  Many of the analytical and developmental skills in learning about poetry are transferable to other topic areas in education.  In this respect, it helps develop the student's ability to analyse as well as to express... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 13, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12292, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 1:15:45 PM

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  • Christopher Battams

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    CHRIS BATTAMS is a poet and a teacher. His main areas of research interest include the place of poetry in secondary education and the role of the poet in society. He delivered a paper entitled Ethnopoetics and New Literacy at the 2004 Flinders University Conference of Science. To date he has had poetry published in a number of national journals and anthologies in Australia and a number of anthologies overseas. His poetry has been read on radio in four countries. His initial inspiration for writing came from a deep interest in the environment and the stories of the indigenous people of Australia. His creative writing has taken him to France and England where he has read poetry and lectured about aspects of creative writing and indigenous cultures. He finds the benefits of creative writing are immense, in self-expression and for social and cultural commentary.
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