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Caribbean Journal of Education

Teaching Caribbean Poetry, edited by Beverley Bryan and Morag Styles, Oxon: Routledge, 2013 (144 pages)

Publication Date: 
September 2013

The text, Teaching Caribbean poetry is the direct outcome of a course by the same name developed by lecturers in English and Education at the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education and the University of the West Indies (UWI). Teaching Caribbean poetry is part of a bigger initiative known as the Caribbean Poetry Project (CPP) which endeavours to promote and enhance the teaching of Caribbean poetry in schools in the Caribbean and the UK. The editors cite the young in schools as their ultimate audience, and the teachers by default. Teaching Caribbean poetry promises to inspire the reader with a love and appreciation of the dynamic world of poetry. The authors' aim is to dispel teachers' fear of the teaching of poetry and equip them to teach with confidence and enthusiasm. As a consequence, it is expected that the teachers will motivate their own students to experience the rewards of listening to, reading, interpreting, performing and writing Caribbean poetry.

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