Why undergo the exhausting process of memorising a poem these days, when you have it online at your fingertips? The Ancient Greeks felt that learning poetry improved the mind, and Athenian schoolboys learned Homer by heart. It’s tempting to romanticized an era in which poetry held a prominent place in the culture. But learning a poem provides us with knowledge of a different variety: you let the poem in, and into your brain chemistry, and thus know it at a more profound, physical level than if you just read it off a screen.
Flore struggles to learn a poem by heart until she falls asleep and submits to the freewheeling flow of the poem’s verses – in her mind.
WATCH EPISODE 36 - LEARNING A POERM BY HEART