Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Reciting poetry and reading aloud
Do kids still learn poems "off by heart" and have to recite them at school?
Back when I was a youngster (and God were a lad - as they say where I come from) we were encouraged to learn poems and recite to class members. Or at least read them aloud. I suspect that it helped create the love of language that has given me a career for most of my life.
There was a time when I knew this one - or at least the first verse - but I had simply forgotten it until it turned up on Platform 2 of Belper Station as part of the poetry trail (see yesterday's post). As soon as I started reading this it came back to me.
For K it triggered a memory of an old film that some of you might remember too. The Night Mail by W H Auden.
Do you remember any poetry and do you ever recite it?