reading and interacting with poetry
by Jennifer Kilgore-Caradec
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Poetry by Heart
According Jim Holt, Clive James wrote in Cultural Amnesia (2007), "the future of the humanities as a common possession depends on the restoration of a simple, single ideal: getting poetry by heart." Holt's essay on memorizing poetry, "Got Poetry?" was published in the New York Times (April 5, 2009).
Jennifer Kilgore-Caradec teaches English at the University of Caen in Normandy. She is co-editor of "La poésie de Geoffrey Hill et la modernité" (L'Harmattan, 2007), "Selected Poems from Modernism to Now" (CSP, 2012), "Poetry & Religion: Figures of the Sacred" (Peter Lang, 2013), "European Voices in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats and Geoffrey Hill" (Peter Lang, 2015).
Her research interests include Contemporary Poetry, British and American Literature, especially Literature in conjunction with Memory, History, Religion, and War.
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