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Forgetting Poetry

By posted at 12:00 pm on April 30, 2014 1

We all probably had the humiliating experience of reciting a poem in high school. Yet at Salon, Nina Kang believes that memorizing poetry is a lost art. She blames the loss of the discipline on our tendency to skim and new poetry’s seeming aversion to memorization. “Writers actively fight against the appearance of artifice, and often instead strive for an informal, offhand tone, with that hint of clumsiness that lends a certain authenticity to the voice. It turns out this is a quality that makes the reciter’s job that much more difficulty.” Here’s our take on the lost art of recitation.





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One Response to “Forgetting Poetry”

  1. G.
    at 1:00 pm on April 30, 2014

    10th Grade, high-school: the first twenty lines of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

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