Memorization gets a bad rap these days. When criticizing a class, students often say something like, “It’s just a lot of memorization!” We equate memorization with busy work, something tedious that has no purpose. But many of the longest and greatest works of literature—such as Beowulf and the Iliad—existed entirely in memorized form before they were written down. Is there still a point to memorizing poetry even after the invention of writing?
I’d argue yes. I love memorizing poetry, even though it can be hard. Here are a few reasons why I think it’s worth it to commit poems to memory.
Hey, everyone! Long time no see. Sorry for the long break. My last year of high school has been crazy! But now that I’ve been accepted to college, my thesis has been written and defended, and I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL (!)—I can get back to blogging.
Today, I’d like to talk about the genre of the epic. No, I’m not going to talk about the Aeneid or The Divine Comedy or Paradise Lost (though you can bring those up in the comments if you want). I’m going to tell you about three of my favorite books (of which there are many), all of which were written in or after the 20th century.
You’ve probably figured out by now that I love literature. I love reading good books. Even when a class is forcing me to read, if the book is good, I love it. If not for school, I wouldn’t have read All Quiet on the Western Front or Macbeth or “Blackberry Picking.”
Who doesn’t love a good World War II movie? Despite its flaws, PT-109 is just that: an action-packed tale of courage and loyalty in the Pacific War.
This 1963 film follows the adventures of John “Jack” F. Kennedy, a young skipper who negotiates his way into active duty during the Pacific War. Despite his doubtful crew and cantankerous commander, Kennedy gets an old boat in ship-shape within a week. The boat, PT-109, is sent on a mission to rescue American soldiers trapped on a Japanese-held island. When the PT-109 is destroyed, Kennedy and the rest of his crew must keep their wits about them to survive and escape.