Poetry to Rapso: Localized Narrative in the Classroom


  • Dennis A. Conrad State University of New York - Potsdam
  • Beulah Forteau-Jaikaransingh University of Sheffield
  • Dyanis Popova Virginia Tech


Poetry, Literature Education, Rapso, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience, Research Methodology, Self Study Research, Caribbean


This qualitative research paper explores the experiences and perspectives of two long-standing teachers and poetry enthusiasts who use poetry and Rapso in their classrooms. The researchers use self-study of teaching and narrative analysis to share their stories and explore the ways in which personal and localized materials inform their teaching. They employ a "critical friend" to facilitate verification of the narratives and findings. The emergent themes, while identifying challenges, portray Rapso in the Pietry and the Poetry in the Rapso as rich in relevance and opportunities for nurturing a joy for learning and teaching generally, and reading and cultural identity more specifically.

Author Biographies

Dennis A. Conrad, State University of New York - Potsdam

Department of Inclusive and Special Education, Professor and Chair

Beulah Forteau-Jaikaransingh, University of Sheffield

Doctoral Student; Retired Primary Education Teacher (Trinidad)

Dyanis Popova, Virginia Tech

Trinidadian Doctoral Student