Benefits of Using Poetry in Language Learning
Educational benefits of using poetry
Poetry could be used as a medium to teach language as it shows a path to teach basic language skills. Some of the educational benefits of using poetry are explained by Sarac:
Different perspective for language:
It broadens the seeing perspective of learner, as they begin 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 little and small; care of anyone not at all" the structure of sentence does not follow typical grammar use. The vocabulary used is also different for example a word "no one" used in a poem does not belong to standard English vocabulary, but in the poem it gives the meaning poet needs to explain. A poet may use slangs and jargons in order to make his poetry more meaningfulful In this way learner catches a different perspective towards language by going beyond the known uses.
Motivates the reader:
Poetry always have hidden meanings which are never expressed clearly, in order to grasp the original meaning the reader has to explore more and poetry triggers the unmotivated reader to find out what is inside. By reading a single verse almost every person out of 10 would come up with a different interpretation.
Whenever reader reads a piece of poetry, and get their original idea they start to find associations between the words and their own life and when reader is able to do that he / she will generate emotional responses. Thus, poetry evokes feelings in the heart and mind.
Learning figures of speech:
Reading poetry makes the reader able to identify different figures of speech used in it for example, metaphor, personification, simile, imagery and irony etc as they are a part of daily language
Properties of poetry:
Poetry is an enjoyable experience in learning a new language with the properties of rhythm and rhyming, both of which portray love, affection and appreciation for the power and sounds of a language. Thus, the reader becomes more familiar with the supra-segmental aspects of language Ie pitch, stress and intonation.
This is the general study of signs and symbols and their functions in a language and these elements are perfectly learned by poetry. In poetry nothing is as clear as it is said, there are always some deeper meanings and to portray those deer images there is a need of signifier and signified which is used by the poets in poetry.