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Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five-Canon Approach


reviewed by Veronica Gaylie

coverTitle: Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five-Canon Approach
Author(s): Tom C. Hunley
Publisher: Multilingual Matters, Clevedon
ISBN: 1853599743, Pages: 184, Year: 2007
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While teachers and writers have long debated the problem of ‘teaching writing,’ there has also been a longstanding need for further investigations on the connections between pedagogy, poetics and practice within undergraduate Creative Writing programs. Though the number of degree-conferring programs in Creative Writing in the United States has quadrupled (from 80 to 720 between 1974 and 2004) (AWP Director’s Handbook, 2006) many programs still rely on the traditional workshop format of critiquing drafts of student writing. In Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five-Canon Approach poet and professor Tom Hunley makes a case for using a framework of classical rhetoric, specifically the ‘five canons’ of classical discourse, as a means of promoting poetry and democratizing access to both critical debate and text production. Hunley is critical of the traditional workshop method, and opens the book with the hypothetical case of “John Undergrad,” a student enrolled in a poetry workshop without any... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, 2008, p. -
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14865, Date Accessed: 11/17/2017 12:43:38 PM



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