Poetry and politics in the classroom

1 Jun

With Ireland having recently legalised same-sex marriage, Australia is now officially taking steps to put this issue on the political agenda.  It is thus particularly timely to be exploring representations of same-sex relationships as part of a unit examining poetic representations of gender.

I am a fan of using music in the classroom (see, for example, here) and am keen to explore Macklemore’s ‘Same Love‘  (lyrics) as part of a Year 10 poetry unit. I also think it is a good way of expanding the discussion of gender within the classroom.  The only thing that is really holding me back from including it in the unit is that the links to other proposed poems are not very clear.  In this sense, many of my students will be unable to make concrete connections between this song and other texts studied and will, as a result, not give the song due consideration.  Is it right to include the text but not make appropriate provisions to ensure that students value it as much as the other prescribed texts?

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