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There’s been some talk about memorizing things in a comment thread here and it made me think of how little I’ve actually memorized. What are some things some things you’ve committed to memory?

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  1. Had to: Tomorrow Speech in Macbeth, Opening Prologue of the Canterbury Tales and opening incantation to the muse in Paradise Lost.

    Didn’t have to: Sonnet 116, “Mock Orange” – Louise Gluck, beginning of Lucky’s diatribe in ‘Waiting for Godot’

    1. Van Morrison’s ‘And it Stoned Me’ and Magnetic Fields’ – ‘I Don’t Want to Get Over You’:

      I don’t want to get over you. I guess I could take
      a sleeping pill and sleep at will and not have to
      go through what I go through. I guess I should take
      Prozac, right, and just smile all night at somebody new,
      Somebody not too bright but sweet and kind who would
      try to get you off my mind. I could leave this agony behind
      which is just what I’d do if I wanted to, but I don’t
      want to get over you cause I don’t want to get over love.
      I could listen to my therapist, pretend you don’t exist
      and not have to dream of what I dream of; I could listen
      to all my friends and go out again and pretend it’s enough,
      or I could make a career of being blue–I could dress
      in black and read Camus, smoke clove cigarettes and drink
      vermouth like I was 17 that would be a scream but I
      don’t want to get over you.

    1. There was a thread on Bark the other day about memorization and I wrote a comment about memorized song lyrics. I have hundreds of them locked away. It’s whack; I’ll hear a song I’ve not heard since highschool and can still sing along.

  2. In middle school when I hated poetry, I got away with “cheating” a poem memorization assignment by memorizing Sandburg’s “Fog.” Had I known better then, I should have memorized “In a Station of the Metro,” but that’s what I get for hating poetry then.

    I do far too little memorizing of things.

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