100 seems to be a magic number for lots of educational enterprises. We on this blog are collecting lists of good memoirs, are trying to read and review 100 memoirs, and are learning about the genre through reading, writing and online conversation.
Rosanne Cash had a list of 100 songs from her father Johnny as the base of her education in country music that later became both an acclaimed record album and a crucial part of her memoir.
The book pictured here presents a challenge: could you memorize 100 poems? Why would anyone want to do so when Google gets you access to most of the world’s great poems?
There are many eloquent testimonials online about the value of learning poetry by heart. French schoolchildren do so routinely. American education has dropped the practice.
What do you think? Do you memorize and recite poetry? Should education go back to requiring the practice?