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Art for art’s sake?

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By Kevin McCann — Full-time Writer and Poet

Could writing poetry be the key to raising standards in schools? Kevin McCann investigates


A few years ago, I was approached by an MSc student who wanted to investigate the nature and reality of poetic inspiration for her thesis. She interviewed me and five other poets and sent me a summary of her conclusions which included the following: ” is possible to conclude that each of the poets is in fact engaged in an active and ongoing quest for self-actualisation.”

In plain English: when writing, we come closest to fulfilling our true potential. We get in touch with our authentic self.

Raising self-esteem

Over many years of running writers’ groups in schools, I’ve noticed that children who write poetry regularly and who are encouraged to see that writing as an end in itself, often seem to grow in both self-esteem and achievement.

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