Welcome back, all! I’ve been memorizing “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and I decided that I should share some of my methods with you. I know not everyone has a gift for this, so these tips can even work if you’re just trying to memorize your lines in a play– I’ve found them very helpful throughout my life.
Tip One: Read, Repeat, Review- This may be one of the most helpful tips for me. You read over one line at a time (whether it be a sentence in a book, a line in poetry, et cetera) over and over again first. Then you repeat it without looking at your paper– if you remembered all of it, move on. Once you’re done with that first line, move on to the next line, read it through, and repeat the previous instruction. Then you look away and try to repeat both of the lines together. Keep going until you’re done!
Tip Two: Rhymes and Rhythm- When you’re trying to memorize something, especially poetry, many people find it easier to remember the rhymes, or when something has a beat like a song. Poetry and songs surprisingly aren’t that different: sometimes even poems are put to music. If you can remember the lyrics to your favorite song, you can remember the lines to your favorite poem. Just focus on the rhythm!
Tip Three: Second Nature- You might find that even after these first few tips, you forget after a while and it doesn’t stick. This isn’t exactly a method or a tip, it’s more like an extension. Whenever you have a loss for words, you want this poem to come up. Implant it into your brain. Don’t just repeat it or memorize it, learn it.
That’s all I have for the moment. Comment down below if you have other ideas or if these worked for you!