A Life with Poetry: The Development of Poetic Literacy synthesizes a multidisciplinary body of theory and research around two key questions: What do we know about how people’s developmental age, experience, and learning interact with their poetic literacy, and how can teachers and researchers use this knowledge to enrich the poetic experiences of students across their lifespan? To answer these questions, authors Joan Peskin and David Hanauer do a remarkable job integrating scholarship from developmental and social psychology, literary studies, neuroscience, and education, among other fields. We (Sarah and Madison, both researchers in cognitive poetics and teachers of language arts education) have not found a more comprehensive or accessible look at research on the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry, much less one that views this research through a developmental lens. Anyone interested in these areas, separately or together, should find this book valuable.

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