Back story: All of you are being challenged to memorize — and perfectly reproduce — the poem, “Ozymandias”, by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Challenge: Because everyone has a slightly different style of memorization, I’m curious:

  • what tricks you’re using to pull off this challenge
  • what part(s) of the poem is/are the most difficult for you to memorize– and why?

Length: 5+ sentences


90 responses to “SEM2, W1, #3: TRICKS IN THE DESERT

  1. For me it only makes it more confusing to memorize the poem in sections. I learned it from beginning to end as one solid thing. Say the first phrase, and that triggers the recollection of the next phrase, until you’ve said all 14 lines.

    The parts of “Ozymandias” that trip me up the most are the stupid tiny words. Is it ‘these’ or those’? ‘That’ or ‘the’? Is there an ‘and’ thrown in at the beginning of that phrase?

    But memorizing this poem was actually a lot easier than I thought. I guess it helps to have spent time memorizing song lyrics previously…

  2. The way I study is seen as a bit unorthodox to other people. The way I do it is that first I break whatever it is that I’m reading into groups. Then I clear my mind of thoughts that would distract me. Finally I would make a beat in my head, or tap my finger, or something in my hand. Then I’d start saying syllables in time with the beat I had just created. This helps me remember a lot of words and keep them in my head.

  3. I learned my memorization trick in my 3 years of confirmation class at my church. We always had memory work, so I would write it on an index card and tape it to my mirror. So that way I look at whenever I would brush my teeth or my hair. It may not seem like a lot, but just that little bit helps. I have been putting up 2 lines a day from Ozymandias, and I memorize those 2 lines, then I put them together with all the other groups of two lines. Breaking it up like that is also a good strategy, instead of trying to get it all in one time. It keeps me from getting overwhelmed, and it allows me to make the most of a time when I usually am just standing around. I think the hardest part of the poem for me to memorize has been the “sneer of cold command” because I always forget either sneer, or command. I mix them up with other words, and so I just need to work on that a little more.

  4. When I’m memorizing the poem Ozymandias, I’m going to use the rhyme scheme. I’m also going to remember that the first letter of each line is capitalized. I’m also going to visualize myself being in the poem. Experiencing being out in the desert can help the story seem more cogent, rather than passively reading it as an outsider. My strategy for being able to completely reproduce this poem without grammatical, spelling, or wording errors is to use constant oral repetition coupled immediately thereafter with written repetition. Lines 5 – 9 will be the most difficult for me to memorize because these lines don’t speak to me as powerfully as the rest. The cadence of these lines seems to be illogical relative to the first and last thirds of the poem.

  5. In order to memorize the poem more easily, I’m going to write down the line numbers on the page first. I’m also going to write down the first letter of each line. This trick usually helps me in quizzes or when I have to memorize things. I’m planning on memorizing the last word or two of each line as well. The most difficult part to memorize for me is the middle of the poem. I tend to know the first couple lines and the ending ones. But I always get the middle lines mixed up and often forget about half of the words. All the different types of punctuation throughout the poem might also confuse me. I get confused on whether the line ends with a colon, semicolon or a comma.

  6. I actually have already memorized the poem. What I did was I wrote it out about three times really focusing on the ‘feel’ of the lines. Then I tried to imagine the picture and feeling of the poem. Then (this will sound corny) I tried to pretend I was the speaker of the poem and tried to make the words Shelley used my own. That actually seemed to work pretty well. The hardest part of this memorization was remembering what punctuation each line ended with. For this I made a pattern 23113121. What this is, is when the end punctuation changes. So for an example the first two lines have no punctuation then the next three lines have a comma at the end. I hope my methods work, but I guess we will see on Friday! 🙂

  7. My strategy for memorizing “Ozymandias” is the same technique I have used countless times to memorize anything and everything from any subject. I look at the first line or phrase, this could be several lines that have no ending point that I feel works best if memorized together, and copy it down, while trying to commit the letters to memory. I then cover up the poem and what I have written and try to write it again. I compare, if any mistakes are made I try to underline them and boldly correct them to really stamp out that I missed something here, because, if I miss the same thing a few times, I know to look out for that eventual mistake. I continue this process working down the lines. I write all of the lines I have memorized each time I write the poem while trying to remember a new set of lines in order to even better imprint each word on my mind. For example, when I am memorizing line 10-11, I start at line 1 and write all that I know to line 11.
    This process has worked pretty well for me and I found that while doing these steps, little nuances in the poem like a comma here, an odd word there, and an easy way to mess up at a certain point, run through my mine while I am writing the poem down. I remember that first, the poem says “in the sand”, then it next says “on the sand”. The word “those” is used and the next line uses “these”. Subtle variations like that really help me memorize the poem and other things.
    So far, I have had the most trouble with the line “And on the pedestal these words appear:” because for some reason, I want to put the words in a different order. It helps me to remember that the line starts with “and” and ends with “appear” to help me remember word order.

  8. My strategy is to memorize it verbally first. I don’t even think about punctuation or line breaks. After I can say it out loud or in my head perfectly, then I start to write it over and over again which will allow me to learn punctuation, line breaks, and any difficult spelling. The hardest parts in initial memorization are; “well those passions read,” because to us at this time that language doesn’t really make any sense. Another is “the hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:” this is because this line seems to have nothing to do with the line before or after it. Another is how the first two lines the two lines before the last one and one in the middle don’t end with a comma. The last hard part is the one “those” and the two “these” in the poem. It’s hard to remember “these” v. “those.”

  9. One of my strategies for memorizing this poem is ‘drawing out’ the poem. I read it line by line and drew a visual picture on that sheet that I can think of whenever I am memorizing/recalling. It makes it easier for me to see everything in its place; I guess you might consider it to be my very visual outline.

    I am an actress, of course, and I like to think of the poem as a monologue or something that I am telling someone, rather it be an audience or another character. This allows me to ‘be like the narrator’ and experience the same story. The hard part about that is I need to be sure that I remember the punctuation and capitals in the lines.

    The challenging part of this poem is the middle section from around line 6-9. I don’t know exactly why, but it might be because those lines are more abstract than the others. I think the placement of some of the punctuation is also a difficulty for me. I think I can get past that, though.

    Hopefully my tips help some people! I know the drawing helped me alot!

  10. I started out first by reading the entire poem and trying to understand the full meaning of it. Afterward, I tried to divide the poem into sections that would be easy to memorize and I ended up with four sections. From there, it was just straight memorization. I started to have problems at “stamped on these lifeless things” because that phrase just seemed out of place to me. To memorize that part, I just had to keep repeating it in my head until the phrase stuck because I was irritated from hearing it so many times. I also had trouble memorizing the last two lines, starting at “round the decay”, because in my head I kept thinking that “Nothing beside remains round the decay/Of that colossal wreck” made more sense than “Nothing beside remains. Round the decay/Of that colossal wreck”. I had to repetitively write that phrase down because the issue was with punctuation.

  11. I haven’t looked at the poem yet but I am going to start today. I’m pretty good at memorizing things (and I’m going to have to be) and so I believe that I can pull it off. I plan to start memorizing every other line in the poem because they rhyme. I believe if I can memorize the words and get a good rhythm in saying it I could learn the special punctuation much faster. I have made a copy of the poem and I plan to study in all of my classes (except English). It will be a challenge but I believe I can pull it off.

  12. I have looked at the poem once or twice already. I am good at memorizing things and I think I will probably get everything right on Friday. I think I will try to understand the poem fully before I start memorizing it. I believe if I get a good feel of what I am supposed to memorize I will succeed. I might try to memorize every other line of the poem because it rhymes. Then connect it all together at the end.

  13. I took the poem home the first day and wrote it out. I found that writing it out a couple times each day really helps. I’ve never had to memorize punctuation, but writing would be very helpful. This makes it a visual in your head when you’re staring at a blank sheet of paper. This will be the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to memorize, but I’ll get it… eventually.

  14. I didn’t really use tricks to memorize the poem. All I did was memorize line by line. Once having finished one line I add on another to the already known line. For example I write down the first line of the poem, do it until it is flawless, then memorize the next one, scratch out the first line, rewrite it as well as the second. I keep doing this until it is perfected. Although I did find some lines easier than others, but really I didn’t use any tricks to doing so.

  15. I memorize things by way of acronyms or songs. I used a song that I couldn’t remember the words to, and put the poem’s lines to the tune. I used them like lyrics, because lyrics are infinitely easier to memorize than any other form of text. Other than that, I just went line by line. I don’t really have any analytical tricks to memorization.

  16. The way I am memorizing “Ozymandias” is repitition. Repition such as taking sections of the poem, writing it continuously until it’s imbeded into my memory. I learned this technique in 1st grade for my first spelling test. The way I used it back then was to write out the word, letter by letter, and repeat it several times till I made no mistakes. The actual text of the poem is not hard to remember, but the punctuation marks are a challenge.

  17. Tricks like having an acronym usually help me for certain assignments, but for this one, I couldn’t really find a trick that would help me. Instead, I find for some reason for this assignment it is eaier for me to just do about 3 lines at a time, read it over and over, and write it over and over. After every three lines, I quiz myself on them and cumitivly build up to knowing the whole poem. As for punctuations, that is definetly going to be a challange. There is like a billion commas in this thing, so I just try to remember the word the punctuation is after. The most difficult part of the poem for me to memorize is the quotations for some reason. It is just really weird wording and of corse no one talks like that anymore so it’s hard for me to remember.

  18. I have tried to use tricks to memorize things but none of they rarely work for me. I usually just end up memorizing the work simply line by line. I re-read the work over and over until it is embedded in my brain. Another thing that helps me is writing the work many, many times. For punctuation, I count how many commas, etc., are throughout the whole poem. This way, in the end I can go back and count and see if I have missed any. Although I believe I’ll be able to memorize the beginning lines, I am worried about the ending lines. I tend to get through the whole poem and then forget the last three lines. When I read and understand the movement of the poem, that also makes it easier to memorize it.

  19. First, I started to memorize the poem on Sunday, because if I try to study the night before, I have major brain farts the next day. I broke the poem down into sections based on punctuation and memorized each group separately. I have to say things out loud to remember them, and I just repeated the sections over and over to myself. There was one line I could not remember for the life of me, “Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,” and I just repeated it out loud over and over again. I also looked at the punctuation at the end of the lines, because that was my main problem and remembered that lines 1, 2, 6, 12, and 13 have no punctuation, and the others I remember. Those line numbers will be the first thing I write down tomorrow. I have spent the last fifteen minutes typing the poem over and over again just to make sure it is cemented in my noggin securely.

  20. What I think i will do is write the poem over many times. I learn everything best by writing it down multiple times. I will write the first line down until I have it memorized. Then, I will do the next line until i have memorized those two. I think that this will be very effective.

  21. This is what I do to memorize Ozymandias:
    I read the first line and say it out loud over and over until I can do it without looking. Then I read the first and second lines and say them out loud until I can say them without looking. After that, I read the first, second, and third lines and say them out loud until I can say them without looking. I continue this for all 14 lines. This method, although it seems time-consuming, helps me to remember everything that I’ve tried memorizing so far. I found from previous experiences that trying to memorize the lines one at a time and putting them together at the end will cause me to forget the whole poem right after I take the quiz. I still remember everything I’ve memorized from a few days ago using this method.

    The hardest thing to memorize for me is remembering where all of the punctuations are. The method I use to memorizing the poem helps me to remember word for word, not punctuation to punctuation. I guess the only way is to find patterns and to remember where I pause when I say the poem to know where the punctuations are located.

  22. To memorize this tricky poem, I didnt really do anything special. I sat down and read it approximatly 20 times. After continuously reading it, I started memorizing line by line. I dont go down and memorize all the lines, because that doesnt work for me. What I do is memorize the first line, then the second line. Then I go over all of it together (first and second line together). Then I memorize the third line, and then go back and recite the first through the third. I do this all the way through the poem, going back and making sure I still remember the first lines. The hardest line for me to remember was the “Tell that its sculptor well those passions read which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,” For some reason, I did not exactly understand what the literal meaning meant, it took me a while to understand. And, in my opinion, I have to understand what I am attempting to memorize instead of just memorizing meaningless words.

  23. The way I decided to memorize this poem was very traditional and simple. First I tried to just picture myself in this desert and look at is a realistic thing. This proved to be harder than I thought so I resorted to older ways of memorizing. The first day we got the poem I spent the whole day trying to memorize the first seven lines and I did it. The next day i practiced writing the first seven lines and I succeeded. After this I
    Memorize the other half and I practiced writing it. Until Thursday night I went over the whole poem at east ten times and had my dad quiz me over it to make sure I had everything in order. Then I went and I looked over the whole poem again and I practiced writing the entire poem without looking at least twice and once I did it twice it seemed easy for me so I just kept writing it and I kept getting it right. This felt really good because I don’t particularly have the greatest memory.

  24. The first thing I did to memorize this poem was to read the poem until I thought I understood what this poem meant. This is to help me to remember what the next line or word could be if I blanked out on the next word or line. Next, I began to try to memorize the poem verbally, ignoring punctuation or grammatical errors, although many of the errors naturally come to me. Memorizing the poem was like having a cumulative review after every chapter, with a chapter equivalent to a line in the poem, so that I wouldn’t forget what was in the previous chapters. To memorize the poem verbally, I first memorize the first line. Once I think I have memorized the first line, I then move on to the second line. Once I have memorized the second line, I then start from the beginning of the poem and go all the way to the end of the last line that I have tried to memorize, which in this case is the end of the second line. When I’m done with the first two lines, I will proceed with the third, then review all three lines, then start memorizing the fourth, etc. Once I reach the last line and have memorized it, I move my focus to grammar and punctuation. To do this, I notice that the 1st letter of every line is capitalized as well as the 1st letter after the end of a sentence. I also noticed the following punctuation pattern at the end of each line: nothingx2, commax3, another nothing, commax1, colonx3, then nothing until a period in line #14. Least but not last, I then look for other punctuation throughout the poem, as well as capitalization in places not already mentioned. Next, I write the poem as best I can from memory. Now, I compare the one from memory with the correct poem for accuracy and mark my errors. Finally, once I complete this step correctly, I will do it again the next day until the day of the quiz.
    I think the hardest part on memorizing the poem was line six and seven because that part of the sentence did not completely make sense. I think I somewhat understood what it meant but not completely. That part of the poem also seamed a bit choppy although it is probably because it was written in 1817 and it is poetry.

  25. I have been blessed with the gift of not having much trouble memorizing anything. Usually what I read sticks in my mind, so I’ve never really had to develop any certain trick to memorizing anything. I usually read something a few times, then write it down a few times, and I’ve got it. Memorizing Ozymandias wasn’t as big a deal for me as it was for some, and for this I feel very grateful.

  26. I am using mostly memory to help me memorize the poem. I did use a few tricks to help me figure out how to memorize the poem. I used Mr. Long’s “imagery” to help me with my memorization. The first two lines and the last three were extremely easy to memorize because of that. I also remembered that every line began with a CAPITALIZED LETTER. The hardest thing for me was to memorize where the punctuation marks were. I figured out the pattern at the end of the lines(after the first comma of the paragraph, there are two more. Same thing for the colons). For the ones in the sentences, I memorized.

  27. This poem was very difficult to memorize but I tried to visualize a story in my mind and that really helped. Many people counted the number of commas and periods and had a true formula to their memorization but I didn’t do that. I memorized the poem in three chunks and breaking it down helped a ton. Also I tried to see the words in my mind, this is something I have always found helpful on tests and it also helped me with this poem. I am used to memorizing lines for musicals and this helped a little but it was a very different experience considering in most shows the director doesn’t care if you are aware what words are capitalized or where the commas are. Also the story I pictured in my mind was really bizarre and whenever the dialogue was spoken I kept picturing the ship captain from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ who was a creature. Being able to associate the poem with a fun movie was also helpful. All in all the two hardest lines to memorize were “Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,” and the second to last line, when it say “boundless and bare.” These lines became difficult to memorize simply because I kept forgetting them when i first memorized this poem and therefore I felt like I couldn’t memorize those lines and just kept forgetting them.

  28. When I was trying to memorize this poem, I just took it line by line. Once I knew one line I would go on and memorize the next. I also wrote it down or typed it, when I was working on memorizing it. That really helped because I wouldn’t forget the old lines when I memorized the new ones. Spell check also helped me make sure I had everything spelled correctly. The hardest lines for me were probably the last three. I’m not really sure why. It could have been just because I was tired of working on the poem, so I didn’t pay them as much attention as I had others, or some other random reason. Saying the poem out loud also helped. These tactics might not work for everyone, but they helped me so maybe just maybe they can help you to.

  29. The way I memorized the poem was line by line. First I would look at the first line and say it in my head. Then I would write it on the paper several times until I knew I had it. Next I would then do the same thing for the second line. After I was sure I knew the second line I would write the first and second line together. I did this for the entire poem and it seemed effective. The only bad part was it was a ton of writing over and over and it made my hand and arm hurt haha. The hardest part for me to remember was the second to last line I think. I couldn’t remember how to spell colossal.

  30. I am finding it quite difficult to study for this poem. I asked some people and the best i found out to study was to memorize every single line then move on to the next. I find the last six lines to be the most challenging. The line Nothing beside remains also messes me up. I plan on reading and re-reading inorder to memorize it better.

  31. I definitely took your advice and memorized the last word of ever line. It really helped me when I couldn’t remember how a line started. I could just think of the last word and I would always figure out what I was missing. Also, I had a dry erase board and I would just keep writing the poem over and over and over. Lastly, when I finally figured out that the poem was talking about a statue it helped me to visualize what I was saying. Then if I could get the picture in my head, I could remember the words. The phrase “tell that its sculptor well those passions read” always got me because I kept rearranging the words and also the last two lines were hard for me mostly because those lines were the final stretch and it was hard for me to concentrate. I just couldn’t get the words straight.

  32. I did alot to memorize the “Ozymandias” poem. First, I wrote it out alot, just to get it generally in my head. Then I had to think of a way to keep it there, ya know? Soo, I thought of songs that had the perfect beat, or close to perfect, to memorize the words to. And the first song that came to mind was the Spongebob Squarepants theme song. But it worked! All the lines I had trouble memorizing, I wrote out millions of times, then sang the words to the theme song. I used a few other songs too because not all the lines fit with just spongebob, but it all worked out because I GOT A PERFECT ON MY FIRST TRYY! Which is what I was going for in the first place, so im happy. 🙂

  33. My trick to memorizing Ozymandias was learning it line by line. We had a few days of ‘study hall’ in one of my classes and I decided to tackle it then. Each day I would try to memorize 3-4 lines. Once I would learn the first one, go on to the second one and then recite them together. It really allowed me to completly memorize the poem. I sat in some of my classes just saying it in my head. The hardest part for me was mainly the last part. By the time I got to that part I was just waiting to be done, and would make tiny mistakes.

  34. I happen to be blessed with an almost photographic memory, so memorizing isn’t very hard for me. I read the poem several times, out loud. I began going line by line, saying each line a few times, and then remembering the line before it, and then the line before that. Sometimes I listened to music as I read the poem, because remembering it to music helps as well. The music I chose in this case was some by the Shins. It helped because I could remember it better when it was set to music.

  35. I have a real hard time memorizong stuff like this. What I have done recently is just keep saying the lines or words until they are jammed into my brain. But that didn’t work this time. I’m going to have to write it out in sections and keep doing that until its perfect. The hardest line for me right now is(Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,) I can’t seem to be able to memorize the visage word because I have never heard of it or am I able to say it.

  36. In this poem i finally make it, but when i study i just keep reading and reading, when i can read the poem very clear, than i start to memorize it. I put the paper that you give us than make it smaller and put it in my the pocket, everytime that i was boring or nothing to do, than i will take it out and memorize. Everytime i only memorized one line or one common, when i start a new line i will read start from the begining threw the line that ends. I think my trick just like everybody else, just memorized and memorized, i dont think this is special.

  37. To memorize the poem I am and partially have memorized the entire first and last words, and the punctuation. I created a story with each set of words. The punctuation is a little harder because all I could think of doing is memorizing a series of numbers corresponding to the amount of punctuation marks in the line. The hard part would be everything in between. My mom also suggested I put it to a song like the SpongeBob intro. The hard part about this is I would burst out laughing as I was trying to write the poem. I will most likely do a mixture both.

  38. The tricks I use are I say it a whole lot out loud and I really try to remember the words at the end of each line. It’s very hard if you don’t know where the line ends. That’s really the hardest part for me is figuring out where the line ends. I have a lot of trouble remembering las words to each line. I really do think that’s a major key though.

  39. The first thing I began to do before I started memorizing was, I separated the poem in to groups. So then I focused on memorizing one part of the poem until I knew it. And I would continue this process. Also I counted all of the commas, periods, quotations, etc. so that once I finished writing the poem I counted all of these things and made sure I had the correct number. Also it helped me to just sit down when I had a couple of minutes and just read threw it once or twice. Then when I had another break from doing something I just pulled the poem out of my pocket and just went threw it a couple of times. I read so many times I became pretty familiar with every line of the poem. The hardest part for me was just writing the last three lines. I felt so close but I knew that I would mess something up.

  40. My trick is very easy and simple, just read the sentence you want to memorize several time, and write it on the paper. You are going to memorize the sentence easily. When you get tired of memorizing thing, you can relax a few minute and start it after your mind is relaxed. It will help a lot when your mind is relaxed. The hardest part of the poem is the little word “these” or “those”. Sometime I will forget to put a “and” in the beginning of the sentence. But memorize this poem is easier than I think!

  41. Personally, I don’t think I did anything special with this poem when I memorized it. At first I started with mental memorization, and completed the first 2 lines that way. However, I often find myself drifting towards other subjects, getting distracted, or blanking out when I repeat something mentally, and this time was no exception. I eventually gave up and just wrote out Ozymandias over and over. When I write I concentrate more, because you actually have to tell your hand what to write; in your mind, your thoughts float around and can easily get off course.
    I split the poem up when I wrote it. The first thing I did was read 1-3 lines of the poem, and then I wrote down what I read to the best of my memory. Then, I compared the copies and didn’t move on to the next lines until the former had been copied exactly. This method works really well for me, since I memorize by writing.
    The hardest part of the poem for me were the middle lines, especially the “Tell that its sculptor well those passions read” line. The reason why this was so challenging was because I did not understand the message being relayed. I can never easily memorize things word by word if I cannot understand its meaning. I spent the most time on this part, probably writing it at least six times until I had it down. One good thing of memorization of a poem is that you are able to actually understand the poem once you finish.

  42. The way i was able to memorize Ozymandias, was actually pretty simple. I tried to memorize one line after the other by saying and even writing it over and over again. This really helped me and knew the whole poem pretty fast.
    The part that i had problems with were the two or three lines with the many commas. I had to go over those a couple of times because every time i wrote them out, i forgot a comma somewhere. But overall i think it wasn’t as hard as it first seemed.

  43. Im not going to lie, I am having some difficulty memorizing the poem. But my main method is repetition. I am writing it over and over and over again. Because the test is written, reading it out loud doesn’t help me, I need to be able to write it. The most difficult for me to memorize is lines 3-5 because of the explanation of the detail about the stone.

  44. First I read the poem out loud. I did this several times. Then I wrote it on a peace of paper over and over again. Then I tried to see if I could do it without loking at it and I couldn’t. So then I decided to read and write the poem at the same time. I did that but after a while I just couldn’t do it. Sometimes when I tried to write and read I just wrote it down without reading it. Other times I just read it out loud. So I just wrote the poem down even more. I spent memorizing the poem only a couple of hours before I went to sleep so it would stick in my head.

  45. The best way for me to memorize some piece like this Ozymandias poem, is by first writing the whole poem word for word, punctuation by punctuation. I try to understand what each word could mean, and see why the punctuation or capitalization is used in that way. I really try to be in the poet’s shoes. Next, I try to visualize the actual structure of the poem, just so I can see where I am as I am going through the poem in my mind. I would repeat each phrase, but I would also read the next phrase as soon as I learn the first phrase. I would keep pushing to the next phrase and so on and so forth until I reached the end of the poem. Next, I try to speak the words aloud, without emphasis on any of the punctuation, so that I could go fast. Finally, I would repeat the poem aloud as if I were the poet speaking to an audience. I would use stresses on the punctuation where they are located in the poem. By then I would be able to actually both write the poem down by memory and say the poem to myself if I tend to forget a line.

  46. This poem wasn’t the hardest to memorize once you get the hang of it and repeat it many many times in your head and write it over and over again. At first, I just memorized the first 4 lines then the last 3 lines. That wasn’t so hard I repeated it over and over again, but then I had to memorize the middle part. That was the hardest since it made no sense at all to me. I just wrote down the poem down about 7 times then said it out loud about 10 times. Finally I realized it would be alot easier to just memorize the first letter of each line. So I memorized that and made up a little acronym to help me remember each line. Writing it over and over again helped me remember the puncuations.

  47. Honestly, other than the review we did in class, I used absolutely no tricks whatsoever. I find the easiest way to memorize something you’re supposed to write down is just to write it, again, and again, and again, and again, and again. After enough writing, you’re brain forms a habit. You don’t even need to think. The only drawback is if the writing you endlessly repeated isn’t correct, you have formed a WRONG habit and it is very difficult to get it right.

  48. Well, I had already memorized Ozymandias, but the way I did it was by counting up the amount of punctuation marks to ensure that I did not miss any. Also while I was memorizing it I found it very easy to find rythyms. Also, with words like those and these, I noticed patters in the use of the words and was able to keep them straight. By being able to know the number of commas (14), I was able to get the poem 100% correct my first try 🙂

  49. My trick started out by trying to say and repeat the poem line by line, but i quickly learned that was not going to work very well. After this I decided to start writing the poem from memory over and over again. This seemed to be the most effective way of trying to memorize the poem. I found that within about two hours I knew the entire poem. In the end this worked out the best for me because I got the poem on my second try.

  50. Memorizing Ozymandias was just a matter of memorizing and visually seeing and reading the poem over and over. By viewing the poem at different moments of the day and reading the lines multiple times, the lines become easy to remember. Also by comprehending the story within the poem helps in the placement of each line.
    The line that tricks me is “Stand in the desert…Near them, on the sand”. I always want to say “on the desert” and “in the sand”.

  51. With something short like this, it’s usually easier for me to memorize it all in one sitting. I’ll take the first line and say it over and over, and then put my paper down and recite it from memory a couple times. Then I do the same with the next line, and then recite both lines from memory. I repeat this process until the entire thing is memorized. As for all of the punctuation, after I have all the words memorized, then I start inserting punctuation and writing it out until I have it. Also it helps when I’m memorizing orally to note in my head everytime there’s a comma or a period or something. Let’s hope it pays off! :]

  52. To memorize Ozmandias im going to first learn it in parts. Im going to split the poem up into three different sections and memorize the shortest ones first. Now when I come to the big chunk im going to split that up as well(the middle section of Ozmandias). Also im going to act as if I were telling the story myself, it would help me remember it alot that way because its not that im now just memorizing it, im re telling the story to people. Lastly after I have memorized the 3 chunks and act as if i were telling the story, im going to write it down. Im going to write it down multiple times so I can get the punctuation correct because if I just memorize it I might make punctuation errors.

  53. Late reply

    I just looked at the poem line after line, over and over again until I found some sort of rhythm within the words. I can’t really explain, but I just know what the next line is going to be based on how it sounds. I almost never memorize with envisioning what I’m memorizing would look like. The part that was hardest for me to memorize was probably the 2nd and 3rd lines of the poem. I was really hard for me to remember “in” the desert and “on” the sand. I used to constantly mix them up.

  54. In order to memorize “Ozymandias” I visualize the poem in my mind. When physically memorizing the poem I say it out loud so the great work can was over me. This is great for memorizing the lines, but does nothing for the punctuation. The punctuation is definately the most difficult part to memorize. The punctuation is neither memorable nor easily infered.

  55. Student Resonse #1

    I’m responding to student number 32.

    The Spongebob Squarepants theme song, really? That’s very interesting. I tried to sing Ozymandias to the theme song in my head after I read this and it actually worked! I never would have thought of memorizing the poem that way. I wrote the poem a lot, like you did, but my other ideas weren’t nearly as creative as yours. Obvioiusly they worked because you got the poem right on the first try. I’m not sure that singing Ozymandias would help me remember it, but it would definitely make memorizing more fun. I actually don’t like Spongebob, but everyone knows that theme song is catchy.

  56. Student Response #2

    I’m responding to student #2 .

    I like your trick in breaking the words into groups and saying the words while making a beat. Though I would not clear my head of distractions because its hard for me to, and also when I do that sometimes I forget some things. But I do like breaking words into groups. In fact thats how I studied for the poem. Also I usually don’t make a beat, I have music play in the background which provides me the beat. Thats how I memorized some things before. You should try playing some music and using their beats. It could work.

  57. Student Response #3

    I am responding to student 11.

    Your strategy at memorizing the rhyme scheme sounds like a good idea. Remembering the last word in each line makes it easier to remember the whole line. Many people posted about memorizing the words and then the punctuation, so it must be a tried and true method that we could all use. I laughed a little when I read about your plan to study in all of your classes, except English of course. I thought it was pretty funny, and making a blog post about strategies for memorization funny takes some work. Memorizing that poem definitely was a challenge and I hope you got 100% on it the first time. Which would be very impressive after studying for only a few days.

  58. Student Response #4

    I am responding to Student #27.

    Are you talking about the captain of The Flying Dutchman, Davy Jones? That movie was extremely good and the others as well. I thought it was cool to use the imagery of a movie to help you. I, and others, read the poem, memorizing each line, one by one. I didn’t use any tricks except knowing that there were 3 commas and colons in a row. I probably will use a movie to help me in the future to help me.

    And Student #32, pretty cool using the Spongebob theme song.

  59. Student Response #5

    I respond for # 52

    “Split” good idea thumbs up.

    It is the most easy way to memorized everything, you just split it up and make it shorter on each section, so every times you just memorized a few sentences, its very easy than just memorized all of the poem one time. And if you just memorized you will get better passions, maybe just me when I saw a lot of words at one time, it will start damage my head so bad, but when I just saw a few sentence, it will be better, so I think “Split” up was a very good idea, good job on that.

  60. Student Response #6

    I am responding to student #1

    I know exactly what you mean. The hardest part for me is those stupid little words. I really have no problem memorizing the big complicated words or the long sentences, I just hate the little things like periods and commas. Those are by far the hardest parts. It’s even worste because you think that those should be the easiest parts. You end up getting mad at yourself and it just makes it harder. I completely agree with you.

  61. Student Response #7

    I am responding to student #45

    I too also read through the poem and wrote it out in whole. But I did not try to visualize the poem; I think that would have helped greatly. Cause if I can relate to the poem, I will have more luck. I also like the fact that you tried to think of what each word could mean. Having a better understand of what you are trying to memorize is very smart. If you know what you are talking about you are going to be more like to remember it. I think if we have to memorize another poem this year I will definitely try and incorporate these techniques into my method.

  62. Student Response #8

    I am responding to student number 9. I

    really like the idea of drawing out the poem. It’s a poem that has so much imagery and really I think drawing it does it justice. Also I think I might be a visual learner so seeing pictures instead of lines may have helped me. Also about seeing it as a monologue, another really cool idea. I am definitely not an actress but what I did that was sort of actressy was try to become the speaker in this poem. That way I could really make Shelley’s words my own, thus memorize them easier. I really wish I would have taken the time to read yours and others entries about this before Friday. Then maybe I wouldn’t have made one dumb mistake and had to do it over again. Oh well, its over now :).

  63. Student Response #10

    I am responding to Student #. 9

    That is very good that you thought to draw the scenes. I try to visualize the scene, but to actually draw it, line by line, would be taking it to another level and a good idea. It would force you to think about each line and what it describes. Even for abstract/mood type of line, I’d draw something that relates to that abstraction or mood. I think the more you understand the poem, the better and faster you can memorize it. I suspect one of the purposes for the memorization assignment is to really, really understand the poem, and you have taught me a new way to think about each line. In addition to speaking out (your ‘actress’ part), your tip will be helpful for the next memorization assignment.

  64. Student Response #11

    I am responding to student number fifteen 🙂

    I found it really clever how you thought of using the words as lyrics to a song. It was probably really easy to memorize that way! I thought about doing that, but definitely could not pull it off! But that’s a really great idea! I bet you passed to which is even better! Now that I think about it, I wish I would have tried this more instead of just trying to memorize it! Thankfully I passed, but if I hadn’t, I would have definitely considered comparing Shelley’s words to a song.

  65. Student Response #12

    I am responding to student #17

    We are completely on the same page my friend. Acronyms have saved my life in basically every class. They help alot when you need to put things in a certain order. It was sort of difficult to do that with Ozymandias however. I think that breaking up and basically just rewriting it contsantly were the best ways to memorize this poem. I had a dry erase board and I just basically wrote Ozymandias in sections 284937 times until I had the whole thing down. I also inhaled unhealthy amounts of expo marker. Also, punctuation was my biggest downfall as well. It would be so frustrating to remember the entire poem and feel really good about yourself, and then to look down and realize you were missing a single comma. 😦

  66. Student Response #13

    I am replying to student #13.

    I agree with the writing part. Writing the poem down continually is what helps the most. I first break it up into parts and then I keep writing that section down until I have completely memorized it. I noticed this person didnt mention anything about breaking up the poem into parts so I reccomend that alot! What I would also reccomend is that you read the poem to yourself a couple of times and then out loud. This really helped me bc it allowed me to become familiar to what was going on in the poem. It also allowed for me to picture the poem in my head. This is also one of the hardest things I have had to memorize to, but dont worry anything is possible if you dont give up! (:

  67. Student Response #14

    I am responding to student #16.

    I would have to agree 100% on this students approach to memorization. I have found that it is the most affective way to memorize anything. Yes it may take more time than some of the others ways that other people like to use, but it definitely sticks better. I have found that the more often you use this technique the easier and faster you can move through. For example you will practice all night the first time but then the next time it may take an hour less. Most people just call me stupid whenever I use this because they think it takes to long but it works for me and is the easiest way for me. Plus its always fun to get all of it right when they can’t then you can just smile and you know they’ll hate you for it.

  68. Student Response #15

    I’m responding to student #19

    First off, the start studying a while before hand is a good tip. Procrastination is not the best way to go about things. I would know from experience : ). Also the memorizing of the punctuation is another good idea. The punctuation was one of the hardest things to memorize for me. Saying it out loud also helps. I’ve learned the truth of that one when I was studying Chinese. Those are great tips.

  69. Student Response #16

    Im responding to student #8.

    I thought the same thing on friday when I didnt get the poem done. I felt bad about not drawing frow this pool of comments. But im confident in my way of memorizing things. I just read each line until it sticks, its as simple as that for me. But now that Ive seen other peoples comments I feel better about my odds of getting it next time.

  70. Student Response #17

    I respond to student #9 it is cool to draw out the poem.

    I think it is really helpful too. If you just memorize in your brain, afterward, you are going to forget it. But if the poem become a picture in your brain, it will be easier for you to study this. I choose number 9 is not only the idea that he gives it to you. He also tells you that what you need to watch out the capital letter in front of the poem. I think it is people who usually lose their point from.

  71. Student Response #18

    I am responding to student #30

    This was a very difficult poem to memorize. I did exactly what you did to memorize the poem. Memorization line by line seems like the only method that works for me. I also messed up on the line “Nothing beside remains…” The last lines always seem to be the hardest lines to memorize to me. I will be doing well on the first lines, which are the lines that are the most clear in my head, then once I get to the last lines I will draw a blank in my head. I have learned though to spend allot of time on memorization

  72. Student Response #19

    I am responding to Student #10:

    I was originally going to use my usual method of memorizing things, cramming the day of hoping to memorize as much as I could, until I read this entry. It really helped to read and truly understand the poem to memorize it. I also used their technique of dividing the poem into sections and memorizing it that way. I did the same thing of repeating the lines I was having a hard time memorizing. While I did get the lines I was originally having a hard time with, I forgot the beginning of a line I thought I had memorized perfectly.

    When I go back for a second, and hopefully last, try at Ozymandias, I will use their techniques again. I will become part of the “I beat Ozy” club!!

  73. Student Response #20

    In response to Student 33:

    I agree with the way you memorized Ozymandias as I have also used the same method. Breaking up the poem line-by-line makes it much more comforting on the mind. The effort of actually memorizing the poem is seemingly reduced, since it looks like you’re not memorizing that much because the poem has been broken up into smaller fragments. Although I’m pretty good at using this method I still wish (Well who wouldn’t?) that I had photographic memory. That would help me with not just English, but with all of my other subjects as well. I am actually pretty jealous of others who have the ability to completely memorize something by just glancing at it once. Yet I am also glad because not being able to easily memorize something makes it fell like it’s more of an accomplishment when you do manage to memorize it.

  74. Student Response #21

    I am responding to student #5.

    Memorizing this poem has been really hard for me. I have become very frustrated with the amount of time it takes me to learn the first few lines. Then I get them finally and when I try the next ones I have already forgotten the first ones. Then I get upset and think that I can’t do it. I liked this persons idea to memorize the first letter of each line. That can help to jog your memory if your mind shuts down. Hopefully then I can fill in the missing pieces that I know are somewhere in my head.

  75. Student Response #22

    I am responding to student #3

    I think your idea is really creative. I don’t necesarilly think it would help me because I am mostly a kinestetic learner but if you were mostly a visual learner, then it would be perfect. I have never heard of that strategy before, putting random lines around the house to read when your brushing your teeth. I can see how it would be helpful to just see the lines everywhere and I think you’re right, every little bit helps. I personally just rewrote it a billion times until I had it memorized which is also what I do for spanish vocab. For english vocab though, I make up quirky little things to help me remember them. For example, if the word was mendacious I would remember that MEN were HABITIOUSLY DISHONEST (not saying it is true). I guess it just depends on what you’re learning and how you learn. Your idea certainly made me think.

  76. Student Response #23

    I’m responding to Student #3

    Your plan for memorization is very unique and logical, yet so simplistic. I would have never thought of writing lines from the poem on index cards and posting them in strategic locations. How clever to post index cards in the bathroom, so you could take a peak when you were brushing your teeth. It’s like mobile studying. I really like the tactic of learning without sitting at your desk or computer, or staring at the poem trying desperately to memorize all fourteen lines. It seems like your confirmation study has paid off in more ways than one. I’m going to adopt your “Post-It” approach with my other subjects, especially when I am required to memorize formulas. Hopefully for me, “seeing is believing” will equate to “seeing is remembering.” Again, I applaud your distinctive approach.

  77. Student Response #24

    I’m responding to student #8.

    “The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed” is also a line for me that’s hard to remember. Now, when I try to memorize the poem just to see how much I remember, I find that this line is still hard for me to get. Especially the “the hand that mocked them” part. I really don’t know why, but I just can’t get it into my mind. A lot of times, I just get stuck there and just can’t think of what’s next. Then when I do get some sort of a clue, I start to wonder if it’s “hand” or “hands”. After that, I ask myself, what did the “hand(s)” do? So for me, remembering this line is kind of hard.

  78. Student Response #25

    I am responding to student #32.

    I have to say, this entry made me laugh because of the sheer randomness of it. I am not afraid to admit, however, that I am a total fan of Patrick Star and I do watch Spongebob. Heh. Blame it on my younger sister, perhaps.

    Anyway… on topic. It is very noticable that we memorize song lyrics faster than facts… Interesting things stick, and so do catchy lyrics and beats. This tactic was actually really creative and I’m not surprised that it worked. Memorization by song and tune is probably the best memorization method out there, though I never did think to memorize the poem this way. This is probably because Ozymandias’s lines probably wouldn’t fit my favorite song. Nevertheless, it was a good tactic, and I’m glad it worked for you! Maybe I should try it in the future. I seem to catch on to song lyrics fast, even within the first time listening to a song if I really strain my ears and listen to each word. I may try this tactic some time… Heh.

  79. Student Response #26

    I am responding to student #5.

    I notice what you are saying about the middle part being the hardest to get straightened out. But for some reason you idea didn’t work for me, very cool idea though. I just had to read it almost a thousand times but I also noticed that I was memorizing it chunk by chunk. So I tried that out, but that didn’t work either so I read the whole thing a lot and added a sentence each time. Then if I got mixed up I started the process over again. It really wasn’t a time efficient process but it worked and I got it on the first try.

  80. Student Response #27

    im responding to student #2:

    I think that you r pretty talented if you can clear your mind. Believe me, I’ve tried to do that before, and it doesnt work AT ALL for me. I start thinking about not thinking, and its a never-ending cycle of madness in my head, lol. So I just stick to songs and beats, since music comes easily to me. 😉 Um, yea I think you have a nice little skill here, and I hope it helps you along the way!

  81. Student Response #28

    I am responding to student #1!

    As a proud member of the Ozy club, I am going to have to disagree with your methods. For me, it would be physically impossible for me to memorize fourteen lines in one bulk. I had to break it down into three, five line sections. But after learning each section was when I applied your method. And must say that it paid off to learn in sections and then in bulk.
    The tiny words also gave me the most trouble. I constantly found myself second guessing myself on which article was which. Your experience in memorizing lyrics must have really helped.

  82. Student Response #29

    I am responding to Student #34

    First of all, I envy anyone who has a photographic memory. I had to write the poem out several times, meticulously going line by line. If I had been listening to music, it would have distracted me. I really had to painstakingly concentrate on the words and especially the punctuation. Unlike you, I never really read the poem out loud. Instead I would write it on paper and read it silently in my head. I like how your strategy was completely different from mine. I find it interesting that each student found their own particular way of memorizing the exact same set of lines.

  83. This is a response to student #16

    Sure, repetition is a good way to memorize a speech you have to recite. However, when you have to memorize something you have to WRITE from memory, this method can backfire. Because you are only memorizing the frases, you forget to memorize punctuation marks. And when you finally have to do it, it is not a fun expierience. I know this from personal expierience, and I can tell you this method DOES NOT WORK when you have to write it down. So, if you have to memorize a speech you have to recite, then it’s fine. Just don’t use it for such things as the Ozymandias memorization quiz.

  84. Student Response #31

    I’m responding to Student #6

    First off, I hope your methods worked well on friday. Second, I also tried to act orally recite the poem using a different tone of voice. The technique really allowed me to express the poem in a fun way because I laughed at myself after I did it every time. It was also easier because I didn’t have to waste paper by rewriting the poem several times. In theory I was rewriting it in my mind over and over. Now, the 23113121 concept is confusing me and although it may have worked for you I do not understand. I simply incorporated a hand movement into my oral memorization technique. Every line change I made a movement that mimics an old fashioned type writer. For commas a sort of cupping movement. For colons I used a familiar Texas Longhorn hand symbol turned side ways and I shook my hand to act as if my fingers were covered in ink and I was actually putting a colon on paper.

  85. Student Response #32

    I am responding to student #10

    I did a similar thing. I wrote the poem down many times to get a general understanding for it. Then I divided it, as you did, but I split it into three sections. I just felt that “I met a man…” to “…and sneer of cold command” felt like it had a common theme. Then I felt that the lines “Tell that its sculptor…” to “…these words appear” should go together. Then “My name…” to “…stretch far away” to finish it off. I also struggled with the same lines as you, in addition to “Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,” I had trouble with “And on the pedestal these words appear:” which I think is kind of strange because that line is very easy and clear. I did the same thing for my difficult parts, I repeated them until I was pretty annoyed.

  86. Student Response #33

    I’m responding to student #6.

    I thought the pattern of 23113121 was very useful and clever. It helped fine tune my memorization. It took me a good amount of time memorizing the poem, but I got it all right, so it worked! The pattern was good for me to double check after I had written it all down. Some of the punctuation was pretty easy to ‘understand’ and memorize. I wish that I could have already had it memorized when you did! Well, I hope you got it all, and thanks for that great idea. It was really interesting to read all of these suggestions.

  87. Student Response #34

    I am responding to student #32

    Well I think that associating something to memorize with a song is extremely effective. I would really love to hear Ozymandias sung out to the Spongebob theme, that’s great. Songs don’t always work, but when they do they work wonders. For instance, in French our middle school teacher had a lot of songs to remember verb conjugations. I still remember them all and even made up one of my own, and they help me basically everyday. Also, in the beginning of the eighth grade I made up a song to memorize vocab words, and I STILL remember the song. I can’t tell you what half the words mean but I can give you all of them!

  88. Student Response #35

    I am responding to student #54.

    I think that your way to memorize the poem is really good. I think visuallizing it in your mind helps a lot. I somewhat did that too, and it helps you in embering the punctuation. You see a picture in your mind, and then you see it on the paper. Now you just have to write it out and check. Works most of the time. That’s how I got the poem right on the first try.

  89. Student Response #36

    I am responding to student #3.

    I think this is a fantastic way to help memorize things. I too do this all the time. It helps tremendously. Yes, it may not seem like much, or that it will actually work, but your brain picks things up faster once it has seen it multiple times. But I advise people to try this technique because it really actually does help. Seeing it every day while doing simple things, while your mind is not exactly thinking about anyting, helps a lot.

  90. Student Response #37

    Im responding to student 1:

    Student 1 used the same study method as I did. This is a great way to study without confusing lines, punctuations, and words. It was good to know that someone else used the same technique as I used. I believe that just memorizing is the only way to remember the poem as well. Each line fits with the next, which helps in the memorization of the lines. Student 3 brought up a good point with comparing the memorization of the poem to song lyrics. Its easy to remember lyrics because its like a story and each line fits together, like the poem.

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