A Closer Look at Poetry – Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Blog

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The importance of Poetry is definitely worth considering. Luckily. there are many great resources online to help discover more information about its importance. One one of these resources is Poetry.org. The introductory paragraph on Poetry.org states:

“Poetry.org is a resource site for poetry and poets. Here you can learn about thhistory, meaning, and types of poetry, as well as terms often used when reading and studying poetry. There is also the resource page: a series of links to various poetry sites for daily poetry, poetry organizations, poet biographies, and more. And there is our selection of poetry from various famous poets, including William ShakespeareRobert FrostEmily Dickinson, and e e cummings.”

The website notes that they do not any affiliation to the Poetry Foundation. 

One of the resources of the website is an explanation of what Poetry is- a definition of sorts. A long description on the history of poetry is also provided. The various types of Poetry are discussed as well. Some of these types of Poetry are more well known than others. Many would recognize the terms Concrete Poetry or Limeriks, but how about Minnesinger or Parnassian?

Information about Parnassianism can be found by clicking here.

Another great feature about the website is their list of famous poets. Clicking on the name of a poet will bring you to a page with a sample of their poetry as well as a link to their full biography. Lastly, a link section on the website, can connect you with a number of other great resources related to Poetry. If Poetry interest a person, but they don’t know a lot about what it encompasses, Poetry.org may be a great place to start. View some of Dr. Jerry Hankins’ work by exploring his own site.




Why Poetry Is So Important – Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Blog Page

Dr. Jerry Hankins Poetry Blog

Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Poetry Blog

While you may not be able to remember many names of the poems you read in school, you can at least remembering reading poetry at some point between kindergarten and high school graduation.  In a world where math and science skills are in high demand, it’s easy to forget the important role poetry plays in education.

Poetry helps children want to create something.  There is an apparent rhythm and beat to most poetry and, while this rhythm might not be as musical as children are used to, they will recognize it and are likely to become intrigued by it.  They will start to question the rhyme and syntax and structure and why certain patterns fall the way they do.  At this point, writing becomes less like literal written words on a page, and more like an art form that is appealing to children who have never dealt with poetry before.  Even if children do not understand all of the words in a piece or the meaning of a poem, they will still start to analyze the structure of it.

While often thought of as something associated with literature or poetry, critical analysis is an extremely important skill to have even for basic writing and editing purposes.  There should always be some sort of flow to a piece of writing.  While the structure of different texts or papers is bound to vary, poetry can help children realize that an absence of some sort of textual structure—even a structure that is intended to break the rules of grammar and punctuation—takes away from a piece of writing.  Honing critical analysis skills through exposure to poetry will increase children’s future abilities to read critically, edit, and ultimately develop their own overall voice and writing style.

Writing also helps children share their ideas.  Poetry lets people express themselves individually while simultaneously realizing that they are part of a bigger community.  Children, especially ones who may have experienced something negative at a young age, need to be able to express themselves, share their feelings, and hear other peoples’ stories as well. In a similar way, if a child is overjoyed, he or she should be able to find a way to communicate that as well.  A few lines in a poem can completely change the way a person looks at an experience.  Because of this, poetry is often seen as something that promotes learning and personal growth.

Ultimately, poetry creates a space for speaking and listening.  It can be used as an outlet for overwhelming emotions, as an aid to children on the path of self-discovery, or act as a learning tool for enhancing academic skills.  Poetry can help children introduce themselves to their classmates, explain a feeling, share a story.  Math, science, and general writing skills are important, but poetry needs to have its place in schools as well because it gives a form of personal expression to children and helps them to better understand the different people and  events in world around them.