! You have the key..."
- T.S. Eliot, "Rhapsody on a Windy Night"
This week, we feature a passionate op-ed on a hot-button issue:
The author explores the wide-ranging effects of having poems stored in the memory, and she makes a strong case that learning poems can give students "better words to make sense of themselves and their world." This way, students can find their "kindred spirits across the centuries."
At Veritas, memorizing poetry is part of every student's experience each year. Sixth-grade students ask with Shakespeare, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Seniors memorize the lines of classic poetic drama, from Shakespeare to Aeschylus. We memorize poems in the choral music our classes sing, as they ask, "Tell me, where is fancy bred," and revisit the Salley Gardens with the poet William Butler Yeats.
We invite you to enjoy the article linked below--and then find the nearest poetry collection for yourself (or ask your children, who can give you some great references).
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