Introducing Students to Pre-Nineteenth-Century Poetry in the Language Classroom

Erin E. Edgington

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    We as language instructors are tasked with preparing students to transition from language to literature courses. The shorter length of many poems makes them ideal for presentation in the language classroom, where the acquisition of communicative competence is the priority. Introductory and intermediate textbooks’ poetry offerings, however, are frequently drawn from a canon of poems by only a few nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors (Verlaine, Apollinaire, Prévert) and fail to expose students to broader aspects of French literature. This article offers strategies for presenting pre-nineteenth-century poetry to first- and second-year students of French using dizains from Scève’s Délie as examples.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)171-184
    JournalThe French Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


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