Responding to literary texts through poetry writing

  • Collin Jerome Faculty of Language and Communication, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak


There are various ways in which readers respond to literature. This article discusses how readers (students in particular) can express their ideas and thoughts about the literary texts they have read through poetry writing. It begins with an overview of reader response theory and the field of literary response research, followed by a discussion of oral and written forms of readers’ responses to literature and a classroom activity that requires students to express their thoughts about literary characters in poetic forms. The article also highlights students’ proficiency, and literacy and literary skills as some of the factors that need to be considered when using poetry writing as a way of responding to literature.


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How to Cite
Jerome, C. (2012). Responding to literary texts through poetry writing. Issues in Language Studies, 1(2).