How Does a Poem Mean: Teaching The Poem, Practical Guidance

Christine Perrin discusses interpretation of poetry.

This session’s focus will be specific with particular suggestions on how to look at poetry with intelligence and curiosity alongside your students, without being an expert. Learn how to interrogate the poem, how to ask pertinent and provocative questions, identify the elements of the poem and look at how the poem makes its meaning.

Christine Perrin

Christine Perrin has taught literature and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, Messiah College, Gordon College’s Orvieto Program, through the Pennsylvania Arts Council to students of all ages, and at the local classical school where her husband was headmaster for a decade and where her children a ended K-12. She consults with classical schools in curriculum development and faculty development in poetry. She is a two time recipient of the PA Arts Council Artists Fellowship and a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Fellowship. Her own work appears in various journals including The New England Review, Image, TriQuarterly, Blackbird, and Christianity and Literature, The Cresset. “The Art of Poetry” a text book for middle to high school students was published in 2009 by Classical Academic Press. She attended Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate and the University of Maryland for graduate school. She keeps a blog at: h p://blog.classicalacademicpress.com/poetry

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