Pepektheassassin's comment about memorizing poetry reminded me of this quote: The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital. George Steiner
I emailed a response to her, then noticed she was "no reply" and decided to respond here because I love the idea of memorizing poetry. The quote, one of my favorites, illustrates the difference between memorizing for love of a piece and memorizing as a chore.
I'm getting things back together and will leave shortly for Jackson. Baby Max should be here in the morning.