I was asking my homeschool high school group-class students if they enjoyed poetry. Most of the class hastily asserted, “NO”.
Then I asked if they had studied any poetry. Most answered a bit hesitantly, “Not much.”
Poetry High School Homeschool
Well, that was exciting because I got to open their eyes to the fact that they had missed studying poetry by the most famous poet ever:
That’s right. God himself was a poet. Read the Psalms. All the Psalms are poetry. We could just as well call that book: “Poems”.
Look at the words that God gave the prophets to say. Often it was in poetic form (the entire book of Nahum is poetic in style, for instance).
God is not the only poet from ancient times. In those old days, people wrote their stories in poetic style. The original forms of many works were poetry, including: Beowulf, Greek epics such as Homer’s Iliad, and the Epic of Gilgamesh
In times not too long past, writing poetry and reading poetry was household entertainment. Take for instance, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. The Dashwood family’s evening amusement centered around reading poetry to each other. (In fact, the ability to read poetry in a passionate manner was the way John Dashwood stole Marianne’s heart.)
God thinks and expresses himself in poetic ways.
Great writers of former days expressed themselves in poetry. If our homeschooling high schoolers have no sense of poetry, if they only read and write prose, they are going to miss out on part of the mind of God and important connections to our cultural past and present.
This year our local homeschool high school group-class students are working through British Poetry
and TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
They will be learning to create their own basic poetry, too.
The 7 Sisters Study Guides they will use contain no-busywork, are simple enough for beginners to understand and enjoy AND hopefully will give the soul of poetry to the kids so they can understand. I want to give them a good introduction to Poetry.
Are your homeschooling high schoolers reading and writing poetry, too?
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