Max had to memorize a poem for school this week.
In a time when some people don't read actual physical books anymore this seems kind of quaint and old fashioned. (Max's initial response was, "I can't, it's too looong". But then I reminded him that he has memorized the stats of 283 Pokemon.)
I happen to like the idea. Memorizing a poem is a way to get the words down into your body that reading them just can't do. You feel the language in a different way.
Max memorized Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". It took him about half an hour. I would have loved to post the video here but Max nixed the idea. So you'll have to use your imagination. Just imagine those contemplative, new englandy words coming out of a nine year old boy's mouth. It's pretty amazing.
Happy National Poetry Month. I think I'm going to go memorize a poem.