The study of poetry is an important part of developing critical thinking and writing skills. Through the analysis of poems, students learn to look beyond the surface meaning of words and consider the tone, imagery, and figurative language used in the text. They learn to identify different poetic techniques and how to apply them to their own writing. By studying the work of established poets, students can improve their writing skills and develop their own unique voice. The study of poetry also helps students develop a deeper appreciation for language and literature. Poetry can evoke a wide range of emotions, from joy and love to anger and despair, and through the study of poetry, students learn to explore these emotions in greater depth. At Nebula School, we believe that the study of poetry is an essential part of language arts education. By learning to analyze poems, students develop critical thinking and writing skills that are essential in all areas of study. Our grade 8 and 9 students have begun studying poetry in their language arts curriculum and write their own poems.