How Memorization Makes Words Live

CAROL MUSKE-DUKES, professor of English, USC Dornsife:

“All writers strive to make what they write sound inevitable. In poetry, as in prose, we try for that tonal authority. Reading and committing to memory the conversation of literature accelerates this process. Poetry is alive when we “own” a poem in memory. The words teach us how to listen, then how to find our own words in response. In poetry or prose, this lights the way to style.”

 

For full article, see the Wall Street Journal

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