I feel like I should get major brownie points for that alliteration up there in my title. Either that or negative brownie points for trying so hard to be creative. Anyways… moving on.
Is it strange that, in all my years of English classes, I’m only covering poetry now, as a senior? And that too, only because I’m in AP English, since the regular classes aren’t mandated to cover poetry? I think so. I honestly think that poetry should be taught to everyone, not just English nerds like myself.
As you can tell, I’m pretty excited. I can’t WAIT to widen my “poetry horizons” and read tons of work from poets I have never heard of yet. I’m also excited to learn about new styles, because until now, I’ve mostly been doing free-form and a bit of villanelles interspersed here and there.
I am a little apprehensive though. Up until now, I haven’t really had to critique a poem and figure out if it’s good or not, and I’m a little worried that I’ll come back home after one particularly good lesson and realize that all of my poems are complete sh*t.
Oh well, I hope it’ll only make my poems that much better 🙂
What about you? Were you ever taught poetry in school, and if so, did you like it or did it actually make you feel worse about your own poems?