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Heart Beats: Everyday Life and the Memorized Poem

Catherine Robson

Abstract

Many people in Great Britain and the United States can recall elderly relatives who remembered long stretches of verse learned at school decades earlier, yet most of us were never required to recite in class. This is the first book to examine how poetry recitation came to assume a central place in past curricular programs, and to investigate when and why the once-mandatory exercise declined. Telling the story of a lost pedagogical practice and its wide-ranging effects on two sides of the Atlantic, the book explores how recitation altered the ordinary people who committed poems to heart, and ch ... More

Keywords: poetry recitation, American public education, British public education, Felicia Heman, Thomas Gray, Charles Wolfe, W. E. Henley

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691119366
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691119366.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Robson, author
New York University