Why You Should Be Memorizing Poetry

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Poetry Memorization is a Disappearing Skill

Memorization and recitation of poetry were once standard parts of children’s education. Over the past century though, poetry has been steadily disappearing from the classroom curriculum. Although it varies from school to school, and country to country, students are generally reading less poetry and rarely being asked to memorize or recite it.

My Decision to Memorize Poetry

I’ve been a fan of poetry for most of my adult life, but I’m normally a less-than-ideal reader. I have a bad habit of reading through books of poetry quickly, treating them as if they are prose. I read each poem once, rarely stopping to think about the meaning or struggle with a difficult line.

Why You Should Memorize Poetry Too

I’ve been surprised by just how much I’ve gotten out of memorizing poems, and I would recommend the experience to everyone who has even the smallest interest in poetry. (Maybe even to those who don’t.)

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