Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School by Maggie AndersonLearning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School by Maggie Anderson

Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School

EditorMaggie Anderson, David Hassler

Paperback | March 1, 1999

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Learning by Heart brings together a unique and diverse collection of poems about the experience of school as seen through the eyes of America's best contemporary poets. These poets capture the educational process not only in the classroom but as it takes place in libraries and hallways, on playing fields and at dances. Alternately joyous and defiant, they demonstrate how it is that young people come to find their place in the world.

Most of the poems in this anthology were written between 1970 and 1995, a period that encompasses both the halcyon years of poets-in-the-schools programs and the primary and secondary school years of many of the poets included. Their poems define school in that most contemporary sense — “with a multitude of voices”—reflecting perspectives from African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native American as well as Anglo American backgrounds, from both public and private schools in rural and urban environments.

Learning by Heart offers a profound and timely statement about schools and learning as well as the role of art in education. Finally, these poems validate that most important lesson: even the most common of experiences is worthy of creative expression.

Boston-born psychiatrist and author Robert Martin Coles devoted his professional life to the psychology of children. Coles has been associated with the Harvard University Medical School since 1960. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his five-volume series entitled Children in Crisis, Coles has contributed hundreds of articles to popular ...
Title:Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about SchoolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:University Of Iowa PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0877456631

ISBN - 13:9780877456636

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“I have spent many years among schoolchildren, but I have never written directly about it. I don't know if I'm eventually going to write about Mr. Baradone, my Hebrew teacher, or Miss Pickard, my seventh-grade teacher whom I fell madly in love with. In the meantime I will read this book with joy, savoring every wild dream, fear, confession, disappointment, nostalgia, embarrassment, and horror. A lovely book.”—Gerald Stern