Fans of a classical education support the idea that memorizing poetry will always be an important academic pursuit. Even homeschoolers who follow a Charlotte Mason approach make this argument. Some argue that poety is part of the human connection, in the same way that music and other forms of art are, and that by memorizing it, we make connections, stimulate conversation and delve deeper into the human experience.
Others might argue that it's an outdated practice, particularly in the modern world where everything can be looked up in seconds. There's already so much to learn and do, much more than in a person's education 30 years ago (which is ironic, since this tech was supposed to make things easier!), that poetry might be considered obsolete by some people.
What do you think? Is it time to stop memorizing poetry, or does it have value in modern society? Share your thoughts in the chat.