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Chekeni, A.R.

Poet as educator. A.R. Chekeni.
International Journal of Lifelong Education 12 (1993), nr. 3, p. 205-218.

Education involves interactive processes in which symbolization plays a major role. Poetry promotes a unique approach to symbolization that is characterized by (a) fostering creativity within the realm of meaning, and (b) generating the development of sensibility. Despite these educative functions, poetry has never been recognized as part of of the core curriculum in schools. However, poetry has continuously managed to promulgate its educative functions from the periphery of schools. The focus of this paper is on the aspects of critical thinking the poetry of two Persian poets has fostered, not only in the Iranian audience but also in a larger community since the 11th century.