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Keywords:

  • teaching poetry;
  • English;
  • environment;
  • ecocriticism;
  • animals;
  • interdisciplinarity

Abstract

In this article the potential of a creative connection between ecocriticism and nature poetry is raised in the context of teaching Ted Hughes' poem Pike. I consider how an ecocritical approach can open up the text to environmental debates comparing this with an example of a lesson based in a literacy strategy model. The paper argues for stronger attention to pupils' experiences of the environment through a more open and interdisciplinary approach to teaching poetry. More widely, I assess the prospects for English to contribute to critical understanding about the environment and animals.