In my last post, I referenced an earlier piece I wrote on the value of memorizing poetry. That brought to mind the video below that my wife (herself a very fine poet) recently showed me. In it, a 3-year old recites a Billy Collins poem. As far as I can tell, this is not a result of over-bearing parenting, but purely of the kid’s interest in poetry. Now, granted your average three-year old tends to have a memory like a sponge (my own son can rattle off great amounts of Bob Dylan and John Prine lyrics), but I think most of us are up to mastering at least a sonnet or two. Here’s the video:[iframe_loader title=”YouTube video player” width=”480″ height=”390″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/uVu4Me_n91Y” frameborder=”0″]
I am an avid lifelong learner who writes and speaks frequently on the critical role of learning in our fast-changing world.