[Milton-L] Memorization

gilliaca at jmu.edu gilliaca at jmu.edu
Tue Feb 24 21:29:47 EST 2004

>> discern hidden meanings 

I'm afraid that phrase, with which I too am familiar, is more 
an indictment of how some students have been taught to read 
poetry [and other literature] than anything about the 

There must be teachers somewhere out there who teach 
literature as puzzle solution, or imply that writers hide 
meaning in odd places, like coins in a King Cake. 

I think too there must be teachers somewhere whose teaching 
of prosody results in the dread catch phrase "flows smoothly."

In my experience, students don't make these things up; 
someone teaches them.

Cynthia A. Gilliatt
English Department, JMU
JMU Safe Zones participant
"You have made God in your own image when God hates the same people you hate." Fr. John Weston

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