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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

About the editors

Sandra Lee Kleppe is Professor at Inland University of Applied Sciences, Norway. Her monograph The Poetry of Raymond Carver is the first of its kind on Carver’s poetry production. She is also Director of the International Raymond Carver Society.
Angela Sorby is Professor of English at Marquette University, USA. An award-winning author of three volumes of poetry, she has also published the monograph Schoolroom Poets, and numerous articles on poetry from an academic perspective.

Bibliographic information


“This is a book that may well transform thinking about poetry forever. Its authors explode the many myths and misconceptions about how one reads, understands and utilises the affordance of poems. They demand a re-imagining of the practice of poetry and show how poems, in all their manifestations, can offer unique satisfactions for the many and not just the few. This is a refreshing, exciting and much needed book that will make a difference to how poetry is read, taught and enjoyed.” (Professor Andrew Lambirth, Immediate Past President of the UK Literacy Association)