Jim Holt on memorizing poetry

27 Jun

Jim Holt was supposed to speak at Chautauqua this week. To my great disappointment, his flight was canceled and he was unable to make it. I have been reading him since he wrote for the late great Lingua Franca and I was looking forward to hearing him talk.

Several years ago, Holt wrote an article for the New York Times making the case for memorizing poetry, a clarion call for learning poetry by heart.

My favorite poem is The Layers by Stanley Kunitz.

Readers are invited to share their favorite poems in the comment section.

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