The Case for Memorizing

“So why undergo the laborious process of memorizing a poem these days, when—tap, tap, tap—you have it at your fingertips?  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… ‘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.’” [Read Article]