Auden on Memorizing Poetry

Relating to the Core’s study of W.H. Auden is an article about his insistence on memorizing poetry. Here is an extract:

Auden would insist that the boys in his class learn poem after poem by heart. Even parrot-fashion. Auden said it didn’t matter whether they understood them. If they learnt the poems now, they would not forget them and maybe, later in life, they would understand them. “It’s true,” the painter told me, “I can still remember them.”

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