Why We Should Memorize Poems

Brad Leithauser on why we should memorize text, especially poems: My late colleague Joseph Brodsky, who died in 1996, used to appall his students by requiring them to memorize something like a thousand lines each semester. He felt he was preparing them for the future; they might need such verses later in life. His own [Read More…]

Naming the Just Barely Nameable

Theologian Fred Sanders  on teaching the poetry of T.S. Eliot: [O]ne of the things we want poetry to do for us is to name an experience which hasn’t yet been named, or which has been laboring under a false name. We learn names easily enough for a certain range of experiences—chiefly the useful experiences that [Read More…]