Question: Why don’t English teachers like to teach poetry?
Answer: They feel inadequate for teaching poetry. Here are their preconceptions:
(1) Poetry is boring.
(2) Poetry is for the elite.
(3) Poetry is inaccessible.
(4) Poetry is a frill.
(5) Children’s poetry writing is too difficult to evaluate.
(6) Analysis is at the heart of understanding poetry.
(7) Poetry is a solitary art.
Comment: The cure for this malaise is to teach your own personal, favorite poems. RayS.
Title: “ ‘Wiki-Ed Poetry’: Transforming Pre-service Teachers’ Preconceptions about Poetry and Poetry Teaching.” J Hughes and S Dymoke. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (September 2011), 46-56.