Bev- Thanks for the follow-up. I actually had a high school English teacher who, though not very old at the time, believed strongly in making students memorize poems. I can still recite part of “Elegy Written In a Country churchyard,” but not much else. Even poems I’ve committed to memory on my own, such as the Prelude to The Bridge by Hart Crane and the “descent” section of WC William’s Paterson have dissolved into fragments in my memory. If we still lived in an oral society, I wouldn’t be the poet – my older brother would. He has an excellent memory, has learned many languages, can still recite Dr. Seuss books, etc. So, much as I admire the poetry of oral societies, I’m glad to be living in a literate one that rewards original vision rather than memory!