Writing Exercise: Memorize

Poetry is meant to be spoken, and it is meant heard. So this week, memorize a favorite poem – preferably one of your own. Make memorizing fun by trying any of the following approaches:

  • Sing your poem out loud in the shower.
  • Write it a hundred times in a notebook.
  • Post copies of it on the refrigerator, on the bathroom mirror, or on your car’s dashboard.
  • Perform it in front of a mirror or in front your stuffed animals or portraits of your family and friends.
  • Record yourself reciting the poem and listen (or watch) your performance – repeatedly.
  • Prepare as if you were going to perform in front of a live audience of hundreds. Someday, you might.

Feel free to share the poem you choose to memorize in the comments section below.

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