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Title: Modification of the horizon of reception : do children understand contemporary poetry?
Authors: Markovic, Bojan
Keywords: Poetry, Modern -- 21st century
Poetry -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Serbia
Poetry -- Explication
Oral interpretation of poetry
Popa, Vasko, 1922-1991 -- Criticism and interpretation
Poetry and children
Issue Date: 2020-08
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Markovic, B. (2020). Modification of the horizon of reception : do children understand contemporary poetry? Malta Review of Educational Research, 14(S), 83-100.
Abstract: The goal of this research is to examine how elementary school students (aged nine years) perceive contemporary poetry. The research is based on the reception theory (Jauss, Ingarden, Iser) and aspires to define factors and transformations that enable the reception of poetry at a specific age. The qualitative aspects of reception are studied using the poetry that is not written for children, but adults. After the respondents had read three texts of a Serbian avant-garde poet (Vasko Popa) and the semi-structured interview had been conducted with 17 of them, the qualitative analysis was carried out: reception of the stylistic, conceptual, and syntactic-lexical features of the texts. The appropriate elements of the process and quality of reception will stand out based on the dominant factors in the text. Findings of the analysis show that: 1) the students understand poetry to a higher degree than expected, 2) when a student reads a less comprehensible text, he/she also relies on the emotional experience, 3) the conceptual layer is more accessible if the degree of abstraction is reduced, 4) the students are capable of implicit interpretation of stylistic figures, 5) the students’ understandings of poetic images are based on personification, analogy, epithets, and sound. Possible distractors that affect reception quality are: 1) impressions of concrete meanings, 2) selective and separate reception on the conceptual and thematic level – poetic images are not connected coherently within the poem, 3) inertness of imagination contrary to the suggestiveness of poetic images, 4) limitations of the possibility to verbalize his/her thoughts. The criteria relevant for the methods of interpretation of poetry and its selection stem from the results of the study.
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