I love, love, love this idea:
"Scott Griffin has launched a new competition designed to revive the art of poetry recital among high school students."
(More info. here and here)
One of the best things my high school English teacher, Mrs. Tynan, made us do was memorise poetry and drama: either monologues from Shakespeare or something similar. Of course, years later, Dr. Lecker (twice in one day, talking about Lecker!) had us identify Canadian poetry quotes for our Canlit final exam.
I cannot think of a more appropriate statement about poetry than Griffin's: "Poetry is not just for the elite — it is a language that should be spoken in the cafés, the streets and especially the classrooms of the nation."
*"My salad days, / When I was green in judgment, cold in blood." Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra.