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Do We Really Need More Poetry?


"Perhaps poetry is no longer needed as a portable history book, but the micro stories it contains are still quite valuable for communicating both love and vision--peer to peer or between generations. I know I'm not the only parent who's used a poem to break through to the troubled mind of a teen. And I also know I'm not alone in using poetry up front, to build literacy in children. Poetry is also being used in modern life to solve conflicts at work, become more innovative, or get the girl (or boy).

4. Spending time with poetry can make us better readers. And better readers make better lovers (and better citizens). How can poetry make us better readers? Intriguing research into dyslexia, rhythm, and reading could suggest that early introduction of poetry (in the form of chanted rhymes) might increase the chances that children will learn to read. This is a matter of prepping the brain more fully for the act of decoding. Of course, good readers don't stop at decoding. They go on to understand nuance and complexity--an experience that readers of poetry get in spades. So, go ahead, and learn how to read a poem, too."

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Re: Do We Really Need More Poetry?


Good thoughts, Libra. Thanks for the link.

Hope all's well.

Chris
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