Help Kids Express their Feelings
Poetry links into two dimensions of the EI theory. Self awareness is enhanced by the in-depth exploration of feelings and emotions that takes place while writing poetry. By linking emotions and feelings with words and pictures children can find deeper meanings in their everyday interactions. Relationship awareness can also be developed by employing two-voice poems to explore empathy and other types of poems to see another’s point of view or expression.
Two Voice Poems:
Two-voice poems are a wonderful way for children to learn about empathy.
Children can sometimes express themselves more thoughtfully when writing poetry. Using emotional intelligence poetry as a tool to develop and express emotional intelligence is still quite a new phenomenon in the expressive arts. Eli Greifer, a poet and lawyer initiated a "poemtherapy" class at a hospital in New York City using poems to help those with mental challenges in the 1950's.
Dr. Leedy wrote the first authoritative book on poetry therapy titled simply
Poetry Therapy. In the early 1980's a gathering of those working in the area was held to devise training and recognition for those working with poetry therapy. They created the National Association for Poetry Therapy in 1997. Poetry therapy can be adapted and some of the benefits can be transferred to the classroom