>....what has caused me some interest, bordering on concern,
>was David's argument that these people,
>having missed the opportunity to learn poetry (by rote) have somehow
>missed the opportunity of poetry.
I was there to hear David's address too, and I don't think he meant
that these people missed poetry because they didn't learn it
by rote. He began his talk using their protest as an anecdote,
then went on to use his own experience of memorising poems
to say how that helped him enter the music/the body of poetry,
which, you may recall, was central to his address: that writing
and listening to poems is a very physical act.