“Scaffolding”: The Poetic Metaphor of Learning

By Mariana Acosta

I was blessed to come across the world of British and American literature during my BA in ELT, many years ago. Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and George Elliot’s “The Mill on the Floss” left a never-ending impression on my young, romantic teacher trainee’s mind! However, one work of literature that really moved me was “Scaffolding” the poem by the great Seamus Heaney (1939 -2013).

If you are not familiar with it, or if you want to revisit it again, it goes . . .

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