D. L. Brierley in the classroom

The origin of Poesis

In using the expression 'poetization' in this context the teacher becomes a poet. 'Poesis' originated in greek, in connection with 'creativeness'. Poetization starts when one takes part in a creative process, coming into touch with life itself. To poetize means grasping the whole essence.

The birth of originality comes with the artist. 'Originality' is derived from the Greek word 'poesis' which Plato and his contemporaries used to mean 'something where before there was nothing' - 'ex nihilo'.

Plato also used the term 'poiein' (poetry = 'making'). Originality and the sense of the unique makes a sudden appearance there where before was nothing. The method was revived by the Romantic poets of the 19th century. Wordsworth once said: 'The poet is a teacher and the teacher is a poet'.


About David Brierley

David L. Brierley has over forty years experience in education on all levels, but particularly in teaching youth and working in teacher education. He is a:

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Mali Roald (Painting). Diplomas from the Academy of Art, Bergen, Norway and Malschule am Goetheanum, Switzerland. Is a practicing artist and has 14 years experience as art teacher in upper schools in Norway. Lecturer in art Rudolf Steiner University College Oslo. Hosts regular courses for teacher and art students in Norway, Sweden, Italy and Slovenia.

Dag Aslaksrud (Drawing). Diploma Architect from the Academy of Art, Oslo. Class teacher and art teacher, 25 years experience. Leader of courses in Norway, Slovenia and Italy.