Verbal energy: Attending to poetry

Gordon, John (2004) Verbal energy: Attending to poetry. English in Education, 38 (1). pp. 90-101. ISSN 0425-0494

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This paper contends that the current English curriculum does not adequately acknowledge the potential of poetry to make meaning through sound. It reflects on how sound may embody or communicate meaning, and seeks enhanced conceptions of this aspect of poetry for pedagogy and the curriculum. It begins with the attention the mainstream press gave to Seamus Heaney’s remarks about Eminem, and progresses to consider Heaney’s notion of ‘verbal energy’ in the light of developing conceptions of multimodal ‘new literacies’. It suggests that new approaches could accord with an oral heritage approach to poetry while also acknowledging the influence of the communicational environments pupils experience beyond English classrooms. Throughout, the author draws on material that has informed his on-going Teacher Training Agency-sponsored project exploring the ways in which pupils approach poetry as sound, soon to be detailed on web resources for the English teaching community.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Literacy and Development Group
Depositing User: Julie Frith
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2012 10:06
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2023 15:30
DOI: 10.1111/j.1754-8845.2004.tb00775.x

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