Brad Leithauser wrote an excellent piece for The New Yorker on Why We Should Memorize. It got me thinking about how I need to start committing more poems to memory, and what better day to start than today?
I haven’t dedicated myself to memorizing many poems since “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath. Many thanks to Professor Willard Spiegelman who made us memorize a poem for a grade at the end of the semester. We may have had a few arguments over free verse back then, but one thing was obvious: his passion for poetry and its need to be heard, not just read.
We all need more cheap thrills. “Everlasting” ones as Leithauser reminds us. I’m beginning with “Dreams” by Langston Hughes. How about you?