Ishragah Ahmed Abdul-Rahman
Abstract: Poetry like other literary genres exists to be enjoyed and appreciated. The difficult task facing any instructor is to develop this sense of appreciation and enjoyment in students. The cultural considerations are very essential factors that help in appreciating English poetry. EFL Learners at University encounter many obstacles to understand and appreciate English poetry. Thus, knowledge of cultural aspects helps the students to overcome such problems. The study aimed to investigate cultural considerations as a facilitating means in appreciating English poetry. The study followed the descriptive analytical method. A diagnostic test was chosen as a tool for data collection. It distributed among (80) EFL learners at faculties of Arts, Omdurman Islamic University and Al Fashir University. The data were analyzed automatically using percentage and mean. The obtained results reveal that cultural considerations can facilitate understanding and appreciating English poetry (61.25%). Since University students prove that they have a high ability to understand and appreciate English poetry in case they were exposed to the cultural aspects included in the poems(75%). The study recommends that lecturers of poetry courses at university should encourage their students to study different aspects of culture and get aware of its importance in clarifying the images of poems and then increase their abilities to know how to work out the cultural meanings of words in the poem and that lead to poetry appreciation. It also advises teachers of poetry courses to use helpful techniques to increase learners' appreciation of English poetry.
Keywords: English poetry, cultural consideration, and appreciation