[Milton-L] Re: Memorization and K. Jackson

Roy Flannagan roy at gwm.sc.edu
Wed Feb 25 06:01:14 EST 2004


I would like to second Steve Fallon's suggestion, and perhaps the list
might even compromise on the question: why not ask students to write a
sonnet (especially in a Ren Lit class) that scans and makes sense AND
ask them to memorize, say, one sonnet by Wyatt, one by Sidney, one by
Shakespeare (or two or three), and one by Milton (how rousing might be a
football player's version of "Avenge O Lord")?

But we shouldn't ask sophomores to write a villanelle.

Roy F


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