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How to Conduct a Class in Teaching Poetry
- This paper is carried out to present a sample lesson plan for conducting a class to teach a poem from a literary approach as it is impossible to appreciate what the poet really intends to convey in the text without being able to identify and interpret the literary devices used in the text (poem).In this paper a poem prescribed for second year English specialization, “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, is chosen for sample lesson planfocusing on the appreciation of the theme.To comprehend what the poet really wants the readers to feel, some definitions on the poetry, some of the most commonly used literary devicesand sound devices are first introduced,then the theme of the selected poem is studied line by line, stanza by stanza, using the above mentioned knowledge of literary devices, and at last the main theme of the whole poem is generalized. As this paper is intended for English language teaching through literature, pre-reading activities, while reading activities and post-reading activities are provided.
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