I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry. – Peter Davison
I read somewhere that poetry is designed to be read aloud. It’s meant to be given voice and maintains a close relationship with speaking and singing, not just for the eye and the mind. The sound and rhythm are important elements of the music of poetry. True enough, when I try silent reading versus reading aloud, the latter produces more impact, oftentimes pleasurable. The hints of emotions become vivid. Most importantly, it helps to understand and eventually memorize the words.
I cannot remember the last time I memorized a poem, even my own, except when rendered into a song, recorded and publicly performed. I wish to motivate myself and provide a long-term residence inside my brain for some poems worth memorizing beginning with a piece by Elizabeth Bishop. A villanelle understating her thoughts on loss. I believe the one art she’s referring to is the art of writing as presented in the parenthetical “(Write it)” as being therapeutic. Her blocked emotions, pent-up pain and buried anger released positively in six stanzas.
by Elizabeth Bishop