Retired Teacher Memorizes 'Paradise Lost'

It's hard enough to get through reading Paradise Lost but one retired school teacher in Connecticut has managed the astonishing feat of memorizing it. John Basinger can recite Milton's entire epic poem — all 12 books by heart.

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It can be hard going, just reading�Paradise Lost, but one retired theater teacher in Connecticut has managed the astonishing feat of memorizing it. John Basinger can recite Milton's entire epic poem - all 12 books, by heart. It takes 24 hours from first to last words. Researchers in the journal Memory report that Basinger took up the challenge in 1993 as he turned 60, memorizing an hour a day at the gym.

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