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May 08, 2022


I totally agree on the value of memorization. The best thing a young poet, or a student of poetry, can do is to memorize poems: a solioloquy in "Hamlet," a Keats sonnet, Wordsworth's Daffodils. When you know a poem by heart, you own it.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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