Poems Under Memorization 2018

“Under Memorization” means “in the process of being memorized.”

Or simply “Being memorized.”

We poets, however, are finicky creatures, and I like the sound of “Under Memorization” better.

When I was first at K-State as a freshman and was a Music Education major (before I switched to English) I took an introduction to poetry class with a great professor at K-State. She no longer works there, but one of the things she instilled in the young mind of the purely-recreational aspiring poet that I was back then (and still am), was the idea that great poets learn by studying other poets.

Seems like common sense, but I hadn’t taken the art of poetry truly seriously until she opened my eyes to that fact. She also took it a step further, making us memorize a poem over the course of the class. I think she had us orate them as well.

I claim to be someone well-versed in speaking to audiences. I think that class and that exercise were what started it.

In any case, that need to memorize and learn to speak poetry well has never been stronger. So in 2018 I’m going to set about memorizing, and learning to speak well, some poems. These will by my “Poems Under Memorization” as it were.

A couple of these I already know. Still, if you look at the poems listed, I’m sure you’ll realize there’s some ambition to this list. Some poems are long, not all rhyme, and not all are very old by poetry standards, with the younger being written in the late 1900’s).

Here are the poems I’ll seek to have memorized and practiced for oration at a moment’s notice by Dec. 13, 2018:

– Home by the 2017 K-State Spring Dance cast of Courage, Heart, Brains, Home:
 – – – A piece conceptualized and choreographed by Stephen Loch

– Loving in Truth, and Fain in Verse My Love to Show by Sir Philip Sidney (1591)
– – – The first poem I ever memorized, specifically for the class I talked about above

– The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

– Sonnet 148 by William Shakespeare

– If— by Rudyard Kipling

– The Quiet World by Jeffrey McDaniel

– The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus (1883)

– Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

– Trying to have something left over by Jack Gilbert

– The Abnormal is not Courage by Jack Gilbert

– Dante Dancing by Jack Gilbert

– The Great Fires by Jack Gilbert

– (Something wonderful I’ll write in 2018) 😊

Sorry it took so long to get these up everyone. Have a good day.

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