The Puzzle of Poetry (Atlantic)

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In an education system that increasingly favors expository writing and the analysis of non-fiction text, learning to write in iambic pentameter and fabricating interpretations from cryptic stanzas might seem unnecessary to some. In fact, many high school literature teachers are cutting the study of poetry from their lesson plans. While this may be debilitating to the study of literature, Andrew Simmons — a high school literature teacher and writer for The Atlantic — argues that the solution for this isn’t so straight forward.

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