Literature Tutor- Poetry: a type of literature based on the interaction between words and rhythm which allows for the creation of verse in metrical form. This literary form is more beneficial to students than most people realize, helping them to learn differently than the reading and composing of prose. For many students, poetry serves as a kind of gateway to reading and writing in other forms, helping them learn how to read, write, and understand a variety of literary texts and other writings. It also helps develop listening skills and public speaking skills. Moreover, it gives students a way to approach and address their emotions and promote a sense of trust and empathy in the classroom.

Poetry supports students as they develop cognitive skills; it can improve development in terms of speech and language, as well as overall cognitive thinking/reasoning and logic. It also provides students an opportunity to learn about grammar from a different angle: by comparing the way they use grammar in their own writing to how poets use grammar, students gain a deeper comprehension of what traditional writing rules are and why grammar is important for communicating ideas. Some poetry presents a variety of patterns; these patterns help students grasp the idea of context, supports vocabulary growth, and improves language comprehension. Further, the rhythm of poetry supports greater awareness of pronunciation and diction.

Poetry helps develop students’ abstract thinking while simultaneously developing their interpersonal skills. It allows students to employ metaphor, imagery, and symbolic language to describe personal experiences and to find a voice. It encourages students to carefully choose their words, to know when brevity is preferable to verbosity, and to engage in reflection about their ideas and those of their counterparts. Poetry also helps students connect and relate to others by increasing their sense of empathy and deepening their compassion.

What makes a poem “good” has been up for debate for years. Most people consider composition and poetic forms, poetic devices, and overall poetry analysis when thinking about what makes a poem “good.” But those things, while interesting and important for understanding individual poems, are not necessarily the point. That poetry helps people understand and appreciate each other and the world around them is more to the point. In this way poetry facilitates student growth by teaching lessons about patient creativity, memorization, finding their voice, and engaging with others along the way.

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Written by Erika Mehlhaff