Tag Archives: Robert Scholes

Pitchers and Poets Avoid the Obvious

Greg Maddux, one of baseball’s great control pitchers Sports Saturday Some of my favorite moments as a father came in watching my three sons play sports.  Justin, my oldest whom I am remembering this week, was a fine baseball pitcher and outfielder.  Two plays especially stand out for me: a diving catch he made as […]

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You Don’t Have to Read between the Lines

Since I have been devoting recent posts to lamenting how badly literature is often taught, I owe it to readers to talk explicitly how literature should be taught instead. In his book The Crafty Reader, which I wrote about on Friday, Robert Scholes lays out a way of teaching that counters the emphasis that teachers […]

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Saving Poetry from English Teachers

  Poetry used to play a much larger role in our culture than it does today.  That, at any rate, is the opinion of literary scholar Robert Scholes in his wonderfully provocative The Crafty Reader (Yale, 2001).  Scholes’ book is provocative in part because of where he puts the blame:  “I would like to suggest […]

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Dying Miserably for Lack of Poetry

  Today I want to thank Chris Kalb, whose artwork on this blog was installed yesterday.  And also to thank Discovering Oz, my son and his wife’s marketing company, which gave me the idea for setting up this website and blog and then helped me carry it out.   In the illustration you see before you, […]

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