For ages, the magnificence of poetry has done wonders. Be it folk poetry or poems of greats like Shakespeare, Keats and Robert Frost, one thing is common in all of them. They build our imaginative power. They also have an emotional appeal and we gain an understanding of all kinds of emotions through poetry .i.e. sorrow, joy, affection, anger, hate etc.
What this understanding of emotions is required? It is vitally important for all of us because we live in a world where every single moment we come across a new expression of some emotion. Good knowledge of this, help us to understand the feelings of others well. After all, we all know how important it is to be emphatic especially in these turbulent times where self-centeredness is so prevalent. So, poetry has a great role to play in educating kids for making them emotionally balanced adults. Let’s explore some other ways, how poetry can be helpful for kids.
Teaches to think beyond materiality:
The focus of school education is on the physicality of persona and materiality .i.e. good dress code, punctuality, getting good grades for privileged job opening etc. What about beyond physicality matters which are as critical as these physical attributes.
It is the poetry which trains kids from the early age to develop a sense of sharing, caring, affecting others and treating all human being alike irrespective of who they are and what is their color or religion.
Poems help develop sense of Rhythm.
When child learns poems from an early age including those pre-school nursery rhymes, one thing which he learns is a sense of rhythm. This relates to the rhythm in stanzas and body movements when children recite poems collectively. Another precious lesson they learn out of this exercise is co-ordination. They understand that a collective effect is great if their voices remain in harmony with each other.
Memory and Language:
Poetry has a definite role to play in sharpening language skills and improving memory. The children tend to memorize nursery rhymes from the beginning. Later when they grow they keep on memorizing poems and come across great poet’s works. This way their memorizing skills are continuously polished.
The other great benefit which kids get from poetry is an improvement in language skills. Poetry furnishes these opportunities galore. It makes them understand multiple meanings and uses of words and meaning of idioms and proverbs.
Facilitates to think:
The poetic expressions widen imagination of children by motivating them to think. It also inspires them to think differently because poet narrates experience and tell it so subtly and beautifully that children come to know about different thinking.
The art of thinking is so critical in today’s world that thinking out of box and critical thinking are now considered one of the best core competencies which every organization desires in their employees. Therefore poetry is critical in developing habit of critical thinking and thinking differently.
Improves Writing Skills:
According to Brilliant Assignments Help Expert, poems bring a great improvement in writing skills of students. When you read poems you have an understanding of words having same rhymes. You also understand how a word can be used with different meanings. All these factors do help when an avid poetry reader starts writing himself. He can articulate his points in an expressive way. Citing examples from good poetry in writing is considered an asset.
Poetry and great oratory:
Have you ever noticed that all great public speakers and motivational speakers seek assistance from good poems to express themselves eloquently? So the kids who have been nurtured from the beginning with affection of poems can prove very good speakers. While delivering their speech which is equipped with relevant quotes from some fine poems, is sure to get good appreciation from the audience.
Poetry is a socialization resource:
The socialization needs of the kid revolve around establishing bonds with siblings, teachers, parents and peer. If we include such poems in curriculum at lower grades, which reinforce positive traits like co-operation, compassion, respect for others, honesty, integrity and self discipline, it is observed that kids behavior is positively affected. This change is reflected in their affection for parents and peers and respect for teachers.
From the above discussion it is evident that poems do a wonderful job for a child development in the area of emotional balance, empathy, memorizing and learning writing and speaking skills. The poems also help children to develop a great vocabulary along with a sense of using words with different connotations. Therefore I would suggest teachers to include good poems in their curriculum and also ensure to have sessions for either “poem of the week” or “poem of the month” giving child opportunity to analyze poems themselves.
Patricia Grays, the author of this blog has been a primary teacher in community schools of Minnesota for almost two decades. Teaching poetry to children is her passion rather than profession.