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I'm mapping out a short course on poetry. It'll be mostly writing, but I also want to include some very quick (less than 10 minutes) lessons on "poets you should know." Who would you suggest I include? FYI, this is 7th grade.


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I did a poetry tasting with 3rd grade this year- they loved it!
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:08 PM
 
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Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Longfellow, maybe a Shakespeare sonnet, Whitman, e.e. Cummings, Maya Angelou, Poe, Wordsworth...off the top of my head!

And maybe throw in Shel Silverstein for fun!
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:13 PM
 
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Byrd Baylor
Robert Louis Stevenson
Judith Viorst
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:24 PM
 
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Joy Harjo is our new United States Poet Laureate and the first Native American to hold the title. Maya Angelou is an important poetry icon. I would include famous Harlem Renaissance poets such as Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, James Weldon Johnson, and Georgia Douglas Johnson. Naomi Shihab Nye is a contemporary poet that is very accessible to students starting with poetry. Including Sappho, one of the world's first poets, with Anne Carson translations could open up allusions to Greek Mythology. Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz is probably one of the first major poets of the New World as she began writing in the 17th century. Pablo Neruda, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sylvia Plath, Audre Lord, and Mary Oliver are also important.

Including modern poets is critical: chen chen, Ocean Vuong, Raul Zurita, bell hooks, and Nikki Giovanni. Students need to understand poetry is not dead. The website Poets(dot)org and the Poetry Foundation can help you find current poets, poems, and poems from the poets listed above.


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