[Milton-L] Memorized poetry

JCarl Bellinger dionhalic at gmail.com
Thu Jun 14 17:24:59 EDT 2012

Angelica Duran asks

"... do you give any written instructions in coordination with
the assignment?"

Milton gives instructions r.e. how to pronounce memorized texts...

...which if they were not only read; but some of them got by memory,
and solemnly pronounc't with right accent, and grace, as might be
taught, would endue them even with the spirit and vigor of Demosthenes
or Cicero, Euripides, or Sophocles.


On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM, Duran, Angelica A <duran0 at purdue.edu> wrote:
> Dear scholars,
> I am interested in finding out about the experiences you have had with
> either assigning or being assigned to memorize early modern British poetry,
> Milton or other.
> I would appreciate it if you could respond off-list to any or all of these
> questions:
> € What specific pomes did you memorize / do you assign?
> * were you given / do you give any written instructions in coordination with
> the assignment?
> € were you given / do you give a grading rubric?
> € was / is the assignment early or late in the term, or does it not matter
> for you?
> € how did / does delivery of the recitation work? In class, in your office,
> at a public event?
> € any neat or funny anecdotes?
> I memorized poetry in high school and college, then have elected to memorize
> for my graduate qualifying exams and have memorized a 14-21 line snippet
> nearly every semester since becoming a faculty member 12 years ago. I assign
> memorization and recitation, usually with first recitations in class and
> final recitations at a low-key campus, public events. I'm considering
> extending the assignment to my graduate courses.
> Many, thanks.
> Adios,
> Angelica Duran
> Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature
> Director, Religious Studies Program
> Purdue University
> 500 Oval Drive / Heavilon Hall
> West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
> U.S.A.
> <duran0 at purdue.edu>
> <http://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/directory/index.cfm?personid=80>
> <http://www.cla.purdue.edu/religious-studies/>
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