poring over


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Noun1.poring over - reading carefully with intent to rememberporing over - reading carefully with intent to remember
reading - the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message; "his main reading was detective stories"; "suggestions for further reading"
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While Goldsmith lay a-dying in London, in the breezy Scottish Lowlands a big rough lad of fifteen called Robert Burns was following his father's plow by day, poring over Shakespeare, the Spectator, and Pope's Homer, of nights, not knowing that in years to come he was to be remembered as our greatest song writer.
I'd always been a fan and grew up poring over their exploits in The Story Of Pop encyclopedia, sneaking up late to watch Tommy on BBC2 and formed early crushes on Leslie Ash in Quadrophenia (but not Toyah, jeez, definitely not Toyah).