What do you know (by heart)?



What do you know (by heart)?


Once upon a time, I had to memorize a poem for school. Truthfully, I can’t even remember what poem it was that I memorized. I’m pretty sure it was She Walks in Beauty by Byron but I wouldn’t bet my life on it. And I can remember the first two lines, but that’s about it.

Why memorize poetry? Well, it’s always with you, so that’s a plus. It exercises your brain, also cool. If you like poetry, spending time with a poem is a way to learn and appreciate it more.

So, how do you go about memorizing poetry? Or anything? There are a couple of different ways, so find one that works for you. Want to get your Sherlock on? Try constructing a “mind palace“. Perhaps you like to go a little more hands on. Try drawing images that will prompt your recall. Or go old school and repeat repeat repeat.

I like the suggestion that you write it out repeatedly, but that works for me because I’m reading, writing and “hearing” it all at once. I still remember the opening lines of a speech I had to give in my high school French class about sign language. I think I remember it because of the sign language that went along with it. It was a physical reinforcement of what I was saying. I remember better if I “do” something.

So, what works for you?

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