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The Imaginative Element in Poetry


by Allan Abbott 1926

IMAGINATION, the fundamental and in its highest reaches the supreme element of poetry, as of all creative literature, is more teachable, less a matter of individual caprice or native endowment, than ordinary schoolroom practice would indicate. To be sure, we lave the remarkable success of Mearns in this country and of Cook in England, and the less widely known work of many teachers reflected a pupils' poems published in "The Gleam" and elsewhere; yet the teaching of poetry in most classrooms is in the main prosaic. It is the purpose of this article, setting aside the question of stimulating the writing of poetry, to analyze the various types of imagination found in such poems as are read in schools, and to suggest ways of teaching imaginative response to the poet's thought.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 28 Number 2, 1926, p. 105-116
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5810, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 3:22:05 AM

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