I know lots; Anthony knows a whole lot more. But it was poetry I
love and chose to memorize (or, like "My Last Duchess," got
memorized inadvertently). The love comes before the memorization,
or, I think, should.
> 1. I'm interested that you'd use a common, shared forum to
> indicate your "dread" of "the idea of" of common, shared culture.
Nobody's forced to join this forum or share this culture; I think
that's really the issue. I don't want to put words in Anthony's
mouth (I'll let Shakespeare do that), but I think this is about
power. I don't think he dreads a common, shared culture; but I'd
guess he dreads the imposition of one culture on others.
> You ask "which poetry, whose culture?" Two answers: One: As
> long as we live in communities, it will be the poetry and the
> culture of our communities.
It's not clear to me that my first year students and I share a common
culture. I want to bring them to share mine (ours; that of academia
and the life of the mind), sure -- but the question is whether
assigning them to memorize "Abou Ben Adhem" does that effectively.
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