Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie will be running online contests again this year. We hope your school will participate in our Online Team Regionals. The Senior Online Nationals format will be similar to last year, with cash prizes for 42 Semifinalists!


Memorize It: Learn Your Poem by Heart

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Tips for memorizing your poem

  • Be strategic. Pick a poem with a pattern — metre and rhyme are much easier to learn by heart than free verse.
  • Be old school. Copy the poem out a couple of times — on actual paper.
  • Be hermetic. Turn off your cell phone and close your laptop screen — you need quiet.
  • Be relentless. Say the poem over and over — and over and over.
  • Be patient. Take it one line at a time, and don’t get frustrated if you forget lines.
  • Be weird. Don’t be afraid to practice on family, friends, mirrors, and walls.
  • Beware! Memorizing poems is habit-forming — you’ll want to learn more.

Jason Guriel, Reader’s Digest



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