Ideas for poems to memorize

poems

(Josh Cohen) #1

Are there any poetry memorizers here? I thought we could compile a list of #poems that people could use to for memorization ideas. Add your favorites in the comments.

The book, 101 Poems to Remember, edited by Ted Hughes, has a list that might make a good starting point:

  • A. E. Housman: ‘On Wenlock Edge’
  • Alexander Pope: From An Epistle To Dr Arbuthnot
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The Eagle
  • Andrew Young: Field Glasses
  • Anonymous: Donal Og
  • Anonymous: Mad Tom’s Song
  • D. H. Lawrence: Piano
  • Dylan Thomas: A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London
  • Dylan Thomas: Poem In October
  • Edward Thomas: The Combe
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Musical Instrument
  • Emily Dickinson: ‘A Wind That Rose’
  • Emily Dickinson: ‘Like Rain It Sounded’
  • Emily Dickinson: ‘There Came A Wind’
  • Emily Dickinson: ‘There’s A Certain Slant Of Light’
  • Emily Dickinson: ‘This World Is Not Conclusion’
  • Ezra Pound: The Return
  • F. R. Higgins: Song For The Clatter-Bones
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins: Binsey Poplars
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins: Inversnaid
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins: Spring And Fall
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Windhover
  • John Betjeman: A Subaltern’s Love-Song
  • John Betjeman: Meditation On The A30
  • John Crowe Ransom: Bells For John Whiteside’s Daughter
  • John Crowe Ransom: Blue Girls
  • John Crowe Ransom: Winter Remembered
  • John Donne: Song
  • John Donne: The Relique
  • John Keats: La Belle Dame Sans Merci
  • John Keats: On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer
  • John Keats: To Autumn
  • John Milton: On The Late Massacre In Piedmont
  • Keith Douglas: How To Kill
  • Lewis Carroll: Jabberwocky
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ozymandias
  • Philip Larkin: Livings (Part 2)
  • Robert Frost: Neither Out Far Nor In Deep
  • Robert Frost: Provide, Provide
  • Robert Frost: Spring Pools
  • Robert Frost: Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
  • Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken
  • Robert Frost: The Runaway
  • R. S. Thomas: Here
  • Rudyard Kipling: James I
  • Rudyard Kipling: The Way Through The Woods
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Kubla Khan
  • Seamus Heaney: The Skunk
  • Stevie Smith: Not Waving But Drowning
  • Sylvia Plath: Crossing The Water
  • Thomas Hardy: Beeny Cliff
  • Thomas Hardy: The Darkling Thrush
  • Thomas Wyatt: ‘They Flee From Me’
  • T. S. Eliot: Death By Water
  • T. S. Eliot: La Figla Che Piange
  • T. S. Eliot: Lines For An Old Man
  • T. S. Eliot: Marina
  • T. S. Eliot: Mr Apollinax
  • T. S. Eliot: The Journey Of The Magi
  • Walter De La Mare: An Epitaph
  • W. B. Yeats: ‘A Woman’s Beauty’
  • W. B. Yeats: ‘Come Let Us Mock At The Great’
  • W. B. Yeats: Death
  • W. B. Yeats: Easter 1916
  • W. B. Yeats: He Hears The Cry Of The Sedge
  • W. B. Yeats: Leda And The Swan
  • W. B. Yeats: Roger Casement
  • W. B. Yeats: The Second Coming
  • W. E. Henley: Invictus
  • W. H. Auden: ‘Carry Her Over The Water’
  • W H. Auden: Musee Des Beaux Arts
  • W. H. Auden: ‘Stop All The Clocks’
  • W. H. Auden: The Fall Of Rome
  • W. H. Auden: This Lunar Beauty
  • Wilfred Owen: Anthem For Doomed Youth
  • Wilfred Owen: Dulce Et Decorum Est
  • Wilfred Owen: Strange Meeting
  • William Blake: Auguries Of Innocence
  • William Blake: Long John Brown And Little Mary Bell
  • William Blake: The Sick Rose
  • William Blake: The Smile
  • William Blake: The Tyger
  • William Empson: The Small Bird To The Big
  • William Shakespeare: ‘Fear No More The Heat O’ The Sun’
  • William Shakespeare: ‘Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds’
  • William Shakespeare: ‘My Love Is As A Fever’
  • William Shakespeare: My Mistress’ Eyes
  • William Shakespeare: ‘Not Mine Own Fears, Nor The Prophetic Soul’
  • William Shakespeare: ‘Other Slow Arts’
  • William Shakespeare: ‘Our Revels Now Are Ended’
  • William Shakespeare: ‘That Time Of Year Thou Mayst In Me Behold’
  • William Shakespeare: ‘The Heavens Themselves, The Planets’
  • William Shakespeare: ‘The Witches’ Song’ from Macbeth
  • William Shakespeare: ‘Tir’d With All These, For Restful Death I Cry’
  • William Shakespeare: ‘To Be, Or Not To Be’ from Hamlet
  • William Shakespeare: ‘To-Morrow, And To-Morrow, And To-Morrow’
  • William Wordsworth: ‘A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal’
  • William Wordsworth: The Simplon Pass
  • William Wordsworth: The Solitary Reaper
  • William Wordsworth: Tintern Abbey
  • William Wordsworth: Upon Westminster Bridge

A few more that might be interesting:

  • T. S. Eliot: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • William Shakespeare: The Phoenix and the Turtle
  • Edmund Spenser: Sonnets
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The Lady of Shallot
  • John Keats: Ode to a Nightingale

Add your ideas in the comments below.


(selmo'i cu se nintadni) #2

The two which I’ve been meaning to memorize to start are

  • “Make Way For Liberty” by James Montgomery
  • “Revolting Rhymes” by Roald Dahl

I’ve mostly memorized the first one just by reading it so much. It’s a really great legend about the Battle of Sempach Field when Switzerland won her independence from Austria.

The second is just enjoyable to read.