I’ve never been a huge fan of rote memorization. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed English class so much when I was a kid. It was less about remembering a bunch of facts and more about discovery and creativity. But occasionally we would be assigned some story, poem, or excerpt to memorize. In the fourth grade it was the Ojibwa legend “Shingebiss;” in fifth grade it was an assortment of poems from Alice in Wonderland. Later, in my freshman year of high school, it was a monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the time, memorizing random snippets of literature didn’t make much sense to me.On Memorizing LiteratureClick To Tweet
I have a very selective memory. During school, if something wasn’t useful and interesting, I would remember it just long enough to pass the test before sending it off into the void of my subconscious. Maybe it’s my biology, maybe it’s the effects of living in an instant-information world, or maybe I just have a lazy brain. Regardless, memorization doesn’t come easily to me and isn’t exactly high on my “things I like to do when I’m bored” list.