Memorize It: Learn Your Poem by Heart


Tips for memorizing your poem

  • Be strategic. Pick a poem with a pattern — metre and rhyme are much easier to learn by heart than free verse.
  • Be old school. Copy the poem out a couple of times — on actual paper.
  • Be hermetic. Turn off your cell phone and close your laptop screen — you need quiet.
  • Be relentless. Say the poem over and over — and over and over.
  • Be patient. Take it one line at a time, and don’t get frustrated if you forget lines.
  • Be weird. Don’t be afraid to practice on family, friends, mirrors, and walls.
  • Beware! Memorizing poems is habit-forming — you’ll want to learn more.

Jason Guriel, Reader’s Digest



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