The first discussion we have in the English 12 Poetry Unit is about truth.
Too many people consider poetry to be something that exists on a continuum between fluff and falsehood. This drives us Humanities types batty. Many hold to the mistaken idea that a thing is true if it is factual. Poetry isn’t usually factual; therefore, we think it isn’t true.
This is a narrow notion of truth, and I challenge it in my class from the outset.
Whoa-ness of Eagles
Perrine’s Literature, a text book we used to use, talks about the difference between encyclopedic facts of […]