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Heart Beats:
Everyday Life and the Memorized Poem
Catherine Robson

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ADDITIONAL REVIEWS:

"[T]he result of [Robson’s] meticulousness is hardly modest; on the contrary, Heart Beats is a brilliantly original book that dares to raise riveting, if sometimes unanswerable, questions about long-forgotten children, half-remembered lessons, and the power of the memorized poem."--Angela Sorby, Modern Language Quarterly

ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:

"Heart Beats is a work of passionate intelligence--sensitive to issues of class and to the place of recitation in the disciplining of minds and bodies, but at the same time open to the idea that verse memorization can liberate and shape social practices for the better."--John O. Jordan, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Robson's history of memorized poetry is impressive in every way: imaginatively conceived and massively researched, it holds important implications for the way we teach and read."--Leah Price, Harvard University

"This innovative book gives an institutional history of memorizing poetry in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century schools, and provides an account of the psychological effects of this practice in the lives of students who memorized. A key scholarly book in the field, this book is a winner."--Linda Peterson, Yale University

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