on teaching poetry

Posted by Daniela Elza on Feb 05 2012

It is a curious thing, the way we teach poetry at school. Some are lucky with teachers who have a passion for poetry. Many, not so lucky.

‎”It’s as if poetry were a virus, and school exposure a mass vaccination program. A small dose in elementary school, a booster in high school, and you’re immune for life. The tiny minority who contract the virus from the vaccine can go onto university programs and learn, from senior fellow-carriers, how to keep it under control through a regimen of critical theory.”
—Robyn Sarah (in “Little Eurekas”)

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