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19-01-2010

Teaching English Poetry in a French Speaking Class:

A Way to Help the Learner Apprehend Language Distortion

Isac Miézan EZOULE

English Department/University of Bouake

Introduction

For many critiques, the teaching of English poetry in general is a particular

pedagogical activity which requires from the teachers and the learners special attitudes.

According to Elizabeth Lund
1 the best way for the teacher to learn how to teach poetry is to

learn how to write it himself. That way, he doesn’t just learn about poetry, but he understands

how a poem is created, layer upon layer, leap after leap. In doing so, the teacher sees firsthand

that crafting a poem is about being open to what’s around him and what’s inside him. As well

as the teacher, there is a great advantage for the students to learn poetry. Francis Kazemek
2’s

work on the usefulness of studying poetry balances “an intense appreciation for poetry with

an in-formative, practical outlook both on how to present poetry in the classroom and on how

such study can benefit students.

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