Methods of Teaching Poetry – Learn how to teach Poetry
Teaching poetry is an art and requires great skills and patience in both – the teachers and the taught. The teaching of poetry is different from that of prose. The poetry is lyrical and carries sweetness of emotions. It comes out from heart and goes to the heart.
The poet pours all his emotions and experience in to it. So there is the need to go near that emotion that the poet has felt while composing it. The students are to make that experience feel. So great efforts are required while doing the work of poetry recitation. Learn some tips from below using which you can make this work quite interesting and effective.
Tips to Teach Poetry in the Class Room
Sample Poem for Practice :
Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky :
The dew shall weep thy fall tonight ;
For thou must die.
The rhyme scheme of the poem is aa,aa.
Let the students enjoy themselves :
The first thing you have to do is to make the students read and enjoy the poem themselves loudly. Let them enjoy the music of the poem themselves.
Let them comprehend the poem :
Don’t tell them what the poet wishes to say through those magical lines. Let them understand themselves in first place.
Then Read it to the class :
After the students have done the reading and comprehension work, your work will start.
Read it loudly in the class. Follow the Rhyme scheme and also tell about it to the class. After reading explain its meaning to them.
Ask them as to how many of them were close to the meaning you have derived from it. Put some questions to check the comprehension of the students.
Tell them to write the summary of the poem.
This is the nice way of teaching poetry.