By Heart: 101 Poems to Remember, Edited by Ted Hughes

In a blog comment, Jacob mentioned a book called By Heart: 101 Poems to Remember, compiled and edited by Ted Hughes. Since it was only $4 including shipping, I ordered a copy.

Toves, borogoves, and raths

All mimsy were the borogoves…

I’ve flipped through the book and the selection of poems looks good with many poems that I would be interested in memorizing. At 143 pages, it’s much lighter than many poetry compilations.

The introduction is about seven pages and introduces the story method:

  1. Take key words from the poem and make a list.
  2. Then string the words in the list into a vivid story.

Hughes also mentions that audial memory is very strong and that the keywords should be enough to jog the audial memory.

The only problem I saw with the book was a mistake in the poem, Jabberwocky, where it says “borogroves” instead of “borogoves” (twice). I hope that is only typo.