Education: How to Dislike Poetry

It is a very unpleasant fact, says British Poet-Novelist Leonard A. G. Strong, that many children enter school with a natural liking for poetry and are taught to dislike it. Who is to blame? Why, the poetry teachers, answers Strong, who has been a poetry teacher himself.* In his chapter in a new symposium, The Teaching of English in Schools (Macmillan & Co. Ltd., London), Strong distinguishes six common deficiencies in poetry teachers: The teacher dislikes poetry. "A great deal of the current British hostility to poetry dates from the careers of Byron...

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