Poetry Takes Center Stage at Pine-Richland Event

By Farkas, Rachel | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 7, 2015 | Go to article overview

Poetry Takes Center Stage at Pine-Richland Event


Farkas, Rachel, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Pine-Richland High School students delved deep into poetry to experience the form of literature like they never have before.

Teacher Leticia Harshman's college prep English 10 and pre-AP English 9 classes hosted a Poetry Emporium April 23 for fellow students and community visitors to share their understanding of poetry.

"The poetry emporium allowed the students to make their understanding of poetry public and this permitted them to challenge their communication skills and interpretive skills too," Harshman said.

Students read poems and ran games and activities focused on poems, poets and poetry to show visitors of all experience levels how fun poetry can be.

"I think it's great," said freshmen Hannah Cottrill. "I think a lot of people don't appreciate poetry as an art form, and this is a fun experience for kids to show off their creativity."

Cottrill read the poem "Troll" by Shane Koyczan at the beginning of the emporium with five other students who read poems. The poem talks about bullying as it went from being in-person to everywhere through social media.

"I thought it related really well to high school because people can be malicious sometimes," Cottrill said. "It shows the evolution of bullying."

At the beginning of their unit on poetry, students read, analyzed, mimicked and performed several poems, Harshman said. …

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