I use this method to memorize poems. It works really well.
- KEYWORD IN LOCI- First, pick one keyword per line, and place them in your memory palace.
- PARAPHRASE TEST- On a paper, Paraphrase each word by replacing it with another English word. Replace only verbs nouns adjectives etc. No need to paraphrase articles and prepositions like - the, and, of, they. THEN recall the real words while looking at the paraphrased text (Tip: while attempting this, when you get stuck, use the FIRST LETTER TEST below as an hint, before checking the real text).
- FIRST LETTER TEST - write out first letter initials of the text. THEN recall the real words while looking at this.
- OFF HEAD - By now, it is very familiar and easy to recall by heart. Use the keywords in the memory palace to guide you. Practice, practice, practice.
For relatively short poems,
You can even do it without the first step (ie. memory palace).
Also, It works better if you put the FIRST LETTER TEST and PARAPHRASE TEST side by side ie. First line of PARAPHRASE TEST on left side of a table, and first line of INITIALS TEST on the right.
I normally Repeat one test till it becomes easy, before moving to the next test.
Hope this helps. any tips improvements will be appreciated. Cheers .