Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mini project: Poetry Corner

The 'About' section of my blog should really be called 'Projects' or 'Misc'. The latest addition to the section is a repository of poems that I'm trying to commit to memory. Last year, I memorised 'If' by Rudyard Kipling as a memory experiment. I wanted to prove to myself that I could commit something remotely interesting to my leaky memory. I have achieved this many times over for the purpose of exams, but have soon forgotten the material shortly afterwards, simply because it wasn't needed anymore - the grey cells knew those neural road networks no longer went anywhere helpful and so they got built over pretty quickly. Time and time again, all I'd be left with is a piece of paper saying that I once knew something. This time around, I wanted to see not just if I could learn something but if I could retain it over the long haul. One lesson from the experiment is that learning things parrot fashion is highly under-rated, and that meaning can sometimes follow. In other words, practice, practice and practice some more.

Below are the poems I'd like to commit to memory. The aim is to hold them in between my ears for as long as possible; as to timing, I've got a life time. Conveniently, they all print to a single side of A4. If this goes well, I may add other A4 memory projects, such as jokes and maxims, and then perhaps stuff of a more practical nature...well, we'll see, let's not get too ahead of ourselves.
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  1. If by Rudyard Kipling
  2. Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  3. In the Desert by Stephen Crane
  4. Leisure by William Henry Davies
  5. I'm nobody! Who are you? by Emily Dickinson
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
  7. Do not stand at my grave and weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye
  8. My Own Epitaph By John Gay 
  9. There was a young lady named Bright by an unknown author
  10. The Thief Left It Behind by Taigu Ryokan

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