Project 50: Memorize a New Poem

Memorize a Poem


Memorize a New Poem

When was the last time you memorized a poem? Have you ever memorized a poem?
I went through a phase of  poetry reading as a pre-teen and early teen ager.  I was very enamoured of the YA novel, “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton, and I can still recite off the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”.  The only other poem that I could remember more than two lines was “Kubla Khan” which was featured in some forgotten teen book also.
April is National Poetry Month.  I thought it appropriate to memorize a new  poem for this month. I had to pick something that I liked.
I know a few lines of “Flanders Field” so that is one poem I am working on.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.  -John McCrae


I am also working on a favorite ultra running poem  “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”.  I plan to have these memorized by “Poem in Your Pocket Day” April 24.

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
      -Robert Frost
Have you memorized a poem? Why not try it for April?

5 thoughts on “Project 50: Memorize a New Poem

  1. sue

    I haven’t read poetry for so long but I think this is a great idea and good for our memories. I need to start reading poetry again thanks for reminding me.

  2. Wendy

    I always loved the Flanders Field poem. I was never great at memorization, but I do still remember part of the Gettysburg Address from 8th grade! 😉 You have inspired me to give it a try!

  3. Rosemond

    What a great idea. I used to memorize Shakespeare love sonnets so I’d always have them with me. I might need to haul one out and relearn it. Wonderful suggestion.


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