Tips for Memorizing Poetry?
Does anyone have special techniques for memorizing poetry? Do you assign lines to a specific number of loci? One word per locus?
I don’t know much about poetry, so I spent a little time today reading about the basic structures. I’m hoping that basic knowledge of poetry structure will provide a few memorization hooks.
For example, recognizing the dactyl-trochee, dactyl-trochee pattern in “Out of the cradle, endlessly rocking…” might help prevent errors during recall.
Here are my notes so far:
(Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
Trochee trips from long to short;
From long to long in solemn sort
Slow Spondee stalks; strong foot! yea ill able
Ever to come up with Dactyl’s trisyllable.
Iambics march from short to long;
With a leap and a bound the swift Anapests throng.