[Milton-L] memorizing dates

Rose Williams rwill627 at cox.net
Sun Feb 22 13:18:16 EST 2004

This technique also has another advantage-- what we write carefully, we
internalize -- it tends to become part of us. (Yes, there is some research
on that somewhere, but my house is being remodeled and I can't find
anything. I speak mostly from personal experience with my Latin students'
writing out vocabulary).
BTW, I envy you your association with Douglas Bush. I know him only from his
writings, but I admire him greatly.
Rose Willams

> A colleague teaching intro to close reading has his students copy the poem
> or poems by hand, with pen and ink.  I'm thinking of adopting this
> strategy, which seemed odd to me at first.  It's not memorizing, to be
> sure, but it might have the effect of getting students to attend to each
> and every word.
> Douglas Bush had students memorize 10 lines of PL.  I remember my
> selection, and am glad my exposition of the lines is not in the public
> domain.  But I can still do the opening of "Snowbound" from 8th grade.
> Boyd Berry
> On Fri, 20 Feb 2004 spender at uwindsor.ca wrote:
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> > An exercise I am going to repeat in two classes next year, both on early
> > modern poetry, prose, and intellectual history, enlists memorisation.  I
> > ask students to 'Iive with' a text for a term.  I cull, say, twenty
> > [the first time around, last year, these were short pieces by Sidney,
> > Raleigh, Marlowe, Greville] and distribute them randomly to class [in
> > case, sixty students in a c16 survey course, which lasted one term] and
> > specify that students should [1] memorise the poem in order to recite in
> > front of class [which made for pleasant breaks in a three-hour, evening
> > session]; [2] write a short, three-page paper on its prosody [using
> > Gascoigne and Puttenham as guides]; and [3] write another short,
> > paper attempting to relate figure to ground, text to context, in some
> > [biography, historical or literary milieu, Renaissance habits of
> > etc.].  At first, the class was daunted; by the end of term, students
> > delighted to have some ballast in the midst of a broad survey.   I
> > say, then, that I think it worked.
> >
> > Best
> > Stephen
> >
> > Dr. Stephen Pender, English
> > University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4
> > t: 519.253.3000 [2307] f: 519.971.3676 e: spender at uwindsor.ca
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