In the last post I talked about how memorising poems meant I finally sat down and spent more time thinking about each poem than I had before. I mentioned how the process motivated me naturally to want to seek out deeper and deeper meaning in the poem, and how I spent time thinking about the poet’s deliberate choice of particular words. It has expanded my vocabulary, since in wanting to understand, I must first know what each word means, and then since the poem is memorised, the new vocabulary becomes memorised with it. I talked about the benefits and advantages I felt that memorising the poems had brought me, as well the kindled passion for poetry I now enjoy. None of this yet speaks directly to the question at hand, though; should kids memorise poems in school?
I say yes.
I say yes, because it was what worked for…
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