Questions About Memorizing Poetry: Keats’ “To Autumn”
Today, I’ve been walking around Naxos Town, placing mnemonic images for Keats’ To Autumn around the Portara. I’m wondering if my method is as efficient as it could be.
Here is a sample line from the poem that was giving me trouble:
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
Here are my images:
- With = makes the next image fatter (width)
- a = an ox
- sweet kernel = chocolate-covered penguin (Linux kernel)
- to = tuna – same image as for #12, “TU”
- set = tray of Okinawan food (“setto” = 071)
- budding = Buddy Guy
- more = morel mushroom
That is a lot of images for one locus, but for some lines, like this one, I’m finding that I need an image for every word. Other lines just need a couple of keywords.
Is anyone else finding that some poems and lines require a cumbersome number of images? Do you string them together into a story?