Poetry Inside Out: Bridging cultures through language

September 2009
English Teaching: Practice & Critique (University of Waikato);Sep2009, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p207
Academic Journal
This paper is about a writing and literary translation program called Poetry Inside Out (PIO). Students in the PIO program study poetic form and structure, figurative language, and the fundamentals of literary translation in an extended workshop format. During a typical Poetry Inside Out workshop, participants read, discuss, translate and recite poems by great authors. They examine the lines, words, cadences and structure of a poem, practise valuable language arts skills, and produce their own poetry inspired by the authors they study. Literary translation is fundamental to the program because it challenges students to think about the ways syntax, grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, nuances and colloquialisms of both languages influence meaning. The purpose of this paper is to explore the synergy between the program principles, what we teach, and what students learn in response.


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