Have you ever wanted to be one of those people who know all the lines from Anchorman, or who can quote a poem? I have and in a poetry boot camp I was forced to remember and recite a poem. I chose a poem by Robert Frost. It was called, Stopping by woods on a snowy evening.
At first, I discovered the rhyming and the lack of effort it took to feel the poem. Then I was suggested to go from the outside in. Meaning to remember the first and last line, and continue doing that until I knew the whole thing. It took me a week, and by the time I recited it, I only had to deal with the stress of public speaking. I suffered through it, and accomplished the goal.
You may ask, why do this?
The 5 main reasons why a person would want to do this are 1. To develope and enrich a love of literature, which can last a lifetime. 2. To evolve great accomplishments in the language that has lasted generations. 3. To grow self-confidence through a mastery of another’s work 4. To help remove the expressions and accents of lower-class speech and 5. To increase brain activity.The New Yorker
Memorization has a history:
When the Greeks discovered the musicality of words they realized that the language shaped the character and awakened the mind. They memorized the work of Homer and mastered their language.City St. Augustine was a young man in North Africa in the 4th Century. The work he studied was limited in Latin, but he memorized it and Augustine’s work in education was described by Peter Brown as, “Perfectionist” City2 Shakespeare also developed the exercise of memorizing. He memorized cultural events and put them in his work. City3
Now go out and be enriched: