Benefits of using poetry in language learning


Educational benefits of using poetry

Poetry could be used as a medium to teach language as it shows a way to teach basic language skills. Some of the educational benefits of using poetry are explained by Sarac:

Second view of language:

It expands the students’ visible perspective as they begin to use language in a completely different way. The grammar used in poetry is different (it does not follow typical grammatical rules), for example incomplete sentences. The syntax is also different, for example, in this verse “women and men both small and small; the caring about anyone at all” does not follow the grammatical usage of the sentence typically. The vocabulary used is also different, e.g. One word “none” used in a poem does not belong to ordinary English vocabulary, but in the poem it gives the meaning the poet wants to explain. A poet might use slang and jargons to make his poetry more meaningful. In this way, the student gets a different view of language by going beyond the known uses.

Motivates the reader:

Poetry always has hidden meanings that are never clearly expressed to understand the original meaning that the reader has to explore more, and poetry triggers the unmotivated reader to find out what is inside. By reading a single verse almost every person out of 10 would come up with a different interpretation.

Emotional association:

Each time the reader reads a piece of poetry and gets their original idea, they begin to find connections between the words and their own lives, and when the reader is able to do so, he / she will create emotional reactions. In doing so, poetry evokes emotions in the heart and mind.

Learning Speech Figures:

Reading poetry allows the reader to identify various figures of speech used in it, e.g. Metaphor, personification, simulation, imagery and irony, etc., as they are part of everyday language

Features of poetry:

Poetry is an enjoyable experience in learning a new language with characteristics of rhythm and rhyme, both of which depict the love, affection and appreciation of the power and sound of a language. Thus, the reader becomes more familiar with the supra-segmental aspects of language, ie. pitch, stress and intonation.

Semiotic elements:

This is the general study of signs and symbols and their functions in a language, and these elements are perfectly taught by poetry. In poetry, nothing is as clear as it is said, there are always some deeper meanings, and to depict these deeper images there is a need for significant and signified, used by the poets in poetry.