A.P Lit Poetry Response AssignmentStudents sometimes cringe when they learn that a major focus of this course is poetry. As children most of you loved poetry, reciting nursery rhymes and chanting limericks. What happened? We don’t have the answer, but one of our goals this year will be to rekindle your enthusiasm for and appreciation of poetry. Laurence Perrine suggests, “People have read poetry or listened to it or recited it because they liked it, because it gave them enjoyment. But this is not the whole answer. Poetry in all ages has been regarded as important, not simply as one of several alternative forms of amusement, as one person might choose bowling, another, chess, and another, poetry. Rather, it has been regarded as something central to existence, something having unique value to the fully realized life, something that we are better off for having and without which we are spiritually impoverished.” John Ciardi writes, “Everyone who has an emotion and a language knows something about poetry. What he knows may not be much on an absolute scale, and it may not be
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