James’s facility for remembering was remarkable. The rest of us need to learn how to learn. If James’s approach has a failing, it’s that he doesn’t share the secret: how to ginger the mind, how make the cells receptive, how to take it one line at a time. But Hughes does. So it’s John, Clive, Ted and off you go. The point of getting a poem by heart is not to brag, not to revel in one’s cleverness, not to reel off verses as a party trick or a pick-up act. It’s not enough, James reminds us, just to learn a poem, you have to love it too.