The Poet and the Map: (Di)versifying the Teaching of Geography

Adele J. Haft


This paper focuses upon four twentieth-century poets who write about maps. Spanning three generations and countries, they offer lessons on geography to children (John Fuller, May Swenson) and reminisce about their own geography classes (Don Gutteridge, Fiona Pitt-Kethley). Since their poems have much to teach regarding the meanings and uses of maps, this paper suggests that we introduce students to their verses and apply their ideas to (di)versify the way we teach about maps and geography.

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