Janet Hilbun, PhD, University of North Texas
Hilbun, Janet. Find Poetry: Using Found Poems in School and Public Libraries to Enhance Student Creativity and Writing. Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults 6 (2015): n. page. Web. <Date accessed>.
“Found poems” are a type of poetry “created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning” (Wikipedia). Almost anything can be used to create a found poem, and found poetry can be used in a variety of ways to enhance learning. By using primary sources or textbooks, students can use found poetry as a way to summarize, to analyze, to present facts, to organize information, to create new ideas, and to enhance classroom learning. Examples of ways to use this type of poetry in the classroom and library are provided. Use of found poetry will be linked to cognitive development and educational theory.