Poetry and Pedagogy across the Lifespan

Disciplines, Classrooms, Contexts

  • Sandra Lee Kleppe
  • Angela Sorby

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Poetry Across the Disciplines and Modalities

  3. Poetry Pedagogies and Theories in the Classroom

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 349-378

About this book


This book explores poetry and pedagogy in practice across the lifespan. Poetry is directly linked to improved literacy, creativity, personal development, emotional intelligence, complex analytical thinking and social interaction: all skills that are crucial in contemporary educational systems. However, a narrow focus on STEM subjects at the expense of the humanities has led educators to deprioritize poetry and to overlook its interdisciplinary, multi-modal potential. The editors and contributors argue that poetry is not a luxury, but a way to stimulate linguistic experiences that are formally rich and cognitively challenging. To learn through poetry is not just to access information differently, but also to forge new and different connections that can serve as reflective tools for lifelong learning. This interdisciplinary book will be of value to teachers and students of poetry, as well as scholars interested in literacy across the disciplines.


Poetry and education Poems in the classroom Poetry and pedagogy Hip hop and pedagogy Learning with poems

Editors and affiliations

  • Sandra Lee Kleppe
    • 1
  • Angela Sorby
    • 2
  1. 1.Inland Norway University of Applied SciencesHamarNorway
  2. 2.Department of EnglishMarquette UniversityMilwaukee, WIUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-90432-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-90433-7
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