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One of the final assignments for my First Year Seminar, Professional Daydreamers, was to memorize a poem, any poem, and recite it in class. Although home schooled, I entered college with little knowledge of poetry or what might be termed "the classics," and although I had written a few poems modeled after song lyrics, I had no actual poems stored in my mental reservoir. So naturally enough, faced with a performance, I turned to the material made precious to me by the teaching of Christine Perrin and that first class: Ranier Maria Rilke, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop.