Shakespeare Challenge


I’m working on memorizing Shakespeare’s collected works. And Beowulf. My method is to use movies as memory palaces. I haven’t gotten very far yet. I memorized Hamlet a while back and quite a few isolated passages and some of the sonnets.

But I’m posting this as a challenge because I’d like to start working in a regular, consistent way tomorrow. My plan is to memorize the sonnets first.

(Josh Cohen) #2

Nice – keep us updated on your progress.

Are you memorizing Beowulf in Modern English or Old English?

I watched this video of Macbeth recently and really liked it, especially the “if it were done when 'tis done then 'twere well it were done quickly…” soliloquy at about 27 minutes into the video.


Thanks for the encouragement. And thanks for managing the site. It’s a true service.

I’m memorizing in Old English. It will help me with Shakespeare’s language to improve my grounding in what came before him.

I haven’t seen the BBC Macbeth. Or maybe just a clip here or there. I’ll definitely take a look.

(Josh Cohen) #4

Nicol Williamson is a great actor. I didn’t have any idea how to tell if someone is a good actor until I watched that video.

I memorized only a few paragraphs of Beowulf in Old English. I would like to memorize the whole thing someday. :slight_smile:


I also use movies to memorise, so I’m curious as to how you use them.
On another note, when you start memorising Shakespeare, could you post the problems and hurdles you face using movies as memory palaces to memorise Shakespeare here, please? I’m interested in how to make movie palaces more efficient. Also, are you memorising Shakespeare verbatim? The plays, I mean.

Thanks for reading. :slight_smile:


Since so many of Shakespeare’s plays have been filmed, this could be quite useful, particularly for using actors as Bridging Figures.

Sounds like fun!