The Memorization Challenge

This month’s challenge is The Memorization Challenge. The challenge is to memorize something‚Ķanything!‚Ķand recite it for someone else before May 1st. Some ideas of things to memorize ::

Brad Leithauser wrote something beautiful about the power of memorization ::

The best argument for verse memorization may be that it provides us with knowledge of a qualitatively and physiologically different variety: you take the poem inside you, into your brain chemistry if not your blood, and you know it at a deeper, bodily level than if you simply read it off a screen. Robson puts the point succinctly: “If we do not learn by heart, the heart does not feel the rhythms of poetry as echoes or variations of its own insistent beat.”

If you want something to really sink into your heart, to become a part of you, memorize it.

P.S. The Make Something Challenge, The Hospitality Challenge, and The 8-Hours-A-Night Challenge.

(Photo of Kate Winslet by Annie Leibovitz)


Posted by Aanna on Friday, April 1st, 2016


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