Muse Learns to Write 2

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"Such was the birth of what we call poetry , a performance now relegated under literacy to the status of a pastime, but originally the functional instrument of storage of cultural information for re-use or, in more familiar language, the instrument for the establishment of a cultural tradition." (The Muse Learns to Write pg. 70)

   This brief passage gives way to the humble beginnings of modern poetry.  Poetry was often used in oral dominant cultures as reminders of historical events and/or lessons and sometimes the verse would be performed with music and dance. Poetry and the rhythm of words can provide us with a useful tool for memorization and learning. 


David, please don't forget to add a link to the course page for the readings --

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