My first week of by-hearting has been very satisfying.
I’ve confirmed what I’d already suspected: that using an enervated memory that isn’t even required to hold other people’s phone numbers anymore is very hard work.
But then when you do finally get that poem learnt and recitable, you immediately forget that it took you 8 – 10 hours to get 24 lines committed to memory, and start strutting around like a mnemonic John Travolta at a Poetry Slam.
Then you sit down to record what you’ve just learnt and the strut withers.
[Music: Musicians from Marlboro – Wind Quintet in A Major, Op. 43]
Next week…Gerard Manley Hopkins.