Ode to the poem

Veronica Alfano​ reflects on the value of poems and how memorising poetry helps us connect with others

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Learning a poem by heart is a journey for the intellect and not just a rote learning exercise as Veronica Alfano, a Research Fellow from Australian Catholic University, reported in her article, Ode to the poem: why memorising poetry still matters for human connection. She maintains some people argue memorising a poem achieves nothing. But for others, poetry offers creative avenues for learning and individual expression. When spoken out loud the sounds of the words highlight the poems rhyme and meter and enable you to "embody" the consciousness of another. How a poem is understood also changes as a child grows to adulthood. The author says memorising a poem is a long term investment. Remembering the lines of a poem empower people to express their feelings or act as a source of inspiration for the rest of their lives. Learn more from Veronica's article published by The Conversation.   

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