Earlier this past spring, I gave a National Poetry Month Presentation to the whole student body (high school) at the school I teach and counsel at. I figured that I might as well share parts of the presentation here.
After a front page and introductory slide or two, we launched into the important question you see above. I've asked this question of college seniors, kindergartners, and students of all ages and grades in between. Unfortunately, the answers often indicate that poetry is a chore. Many students have a negative association with poetry in the way it was first taught and presented to them at a young age. So I collected some of the answers I've heard and put them in a wordle.
The presentation ended with some specific opportunities to get move involved in poetry at our school and in our local community. In my allotted 12 to 15 minutes, I tried to pack in as much as possible to get students (and faculty) thinking deeply about poetry and their own personal relationship (or lack thereof) with poetry.