just a couple of annotations concerning how I am doing with my current quest (the Divina Commedia, nothing less!): at the moment I’m at the beginning of the 14th canto.
My memoria verborum needed some tuning, during these first 13 cantos: I came to the point where, for some time, I stopped completely using the Loci method,
just resorting to rote memorization: I simply could not see the point of the additional effort of creating images, and finding good loci for them, in addition to the constant repetition of the verses.
My problem - I don’t know how much it is related to this particular poem - is that the Divina Commedia is so incredibly visual almost everywhere, that very often the surprising images I try to create are so less memorable than the images concocted by Dante…
The other, basic problem, is that I was unable to understand the correct “image density”: it is poetry - I cannot create an image for each word, nor for each tercet.
How many images do I need, damn?
By the way, the two cantos where I didnt use the Loci remain the most confused in my memory
I now returned to using the Loci, and my strategy is now very simple. Each group of tercets I memorize (~7-10, daily) is a locus. Scanning the 20-30 verses I find not less than 2-3 images - by alliteration mostly - that I put in place. In this phase I completely overlook the images that Dante is creating.
Then, rote memorization immediately shows me if there are some verses where I’m stumbling often, having a hard time memorizing them: at these points, by brute force I create a new image that usually solve the local problem immediately.
I’d love to hear from you, specially concerning the image density that people uses.
This is all for now, back to the Seventh Circle of Hell!!!