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Benefits of using poetry in language learning

Educational benefits of using poetry

Poetry could be used as a means of teaching a language, as it shows a way to teach basic language skills. Sarac explains some of the educational benefits of using poetry:

Different point of view for language:

It broadens the student’s perspective of vision, as he begins to use language in a completely different way. The grammar used in poetry is different (it does not follow typical grammar rules) for example, incomplete sentences. The syntax is also different, for example, in this verse “women and men both small and small; they don’t care about anyone at all” the sentence structure does not follow typical grammatical usage. The vocabulary used is also different, for example, a word. “nobody” used in a poem does not belong to the standard vocabulary of English, but in the poem it gives the meaning that the poet wants to explain. A poet can use jargon and jargon to make his poetry more meaningful. In this way, the learner captures a different point of view towards the language, going beyond the known uses.

Motivate the reader:

Poetry always has hidden meanings that are never clearly expressed, to grasp the original meaning the reader has to explore further and poetry prompts the unmotivated reader to discover what is inside. By reading a single verse, almost every 10 person would get a different interpretation.

Emotional association:

Whenever the reader reads a poem and grasps its original idea, he begins to find associations between the words and his own life, and when the reader is able to do so, he generates emotional responses. Thus, poetry evokes feelings in the heart and in the mind.

Learning figures of speech:

Reading poetry allows the reader to identify different rhetorical figures used in it, for example, metaphor, personification, simile, images and irony, etc., since they are part of everyday language.

Properties of poetry:

Poetry is a pleasant experience in learning a new language with the properties of rhythm and rhyme, which represent love, affection, and an appreciation for the power and sounds of a language. Thus, the reader becomes familiar with the suprasegmental aspects of language, that is, tone, accent, and intonation.

Semiotic elements:

This is the general study of signs and symbols and their functions in a language and these elements are perfectly learned through poetry. In poetry nothing is as clear as it is said, there are always some deeper meanings and to portray those deeper images you need a signifier and a meaning that poets use in poetry.

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