Memorization – English Literature

Memorization    

 

 NOTE: THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE TO THE POETRY REQUIREMENTS.   

Stonehenge!

          

      Overview            

Approximately every three weeks or so, you will be requested to memorize a poem for this course.  The form that the assessment takes will be one of two possible options, either of which could occur on any given assessment: either you will be requested to recite the poem to me or the class aloud, or you will be requested to write the poem from memory.  Late or make-up work is recital only.            

Why?               

 Would you believe me if I said that memorizing makes you smarter?  Would you believe me if I said that when you add some of the best words in our language to your mental storehouse, it changes how you yourself can shape language — and in a good way?  Would you believe me if I said that everyone else can just “Google it” — you will be the one with the information ready in your mind?  I hope so!    Moreover, when you memorize a poem and perform it — something you’ll be doing this year for Poetry Out Loud — you make it uniquely “yours” in a way that can never belong to anyone else.  Though you are shaped by the poem, it’s a mutual process: you bring your own essence, your own personality, your own self to the party.            

 Old English            

NOTE: THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE TO THE POETRY REQUIREMENTS. 

WE ARE GOING TO BE COMPETING IN POETRY OUT LOUD.

1. CHOOSE A POEM OF 25 LINES OR FEWER from the POETRY OUT LOUD SITE.

 2. MEMORIZE THE POEM AND RECITE IT TO ME DURING OFFICE HOURS 11/8.

 3. CHOOSE A POEM WRITTEN BEFORE THE 20TH CENTURY.

 4. MEMORIZE IT AND RECITE IT TO THE CLASS IN OUR CLASSROOM COMPETITION 11/29 

 Middle English           — NOTE: WE WILL PROBABLY NOT  DO THE MIDDLE ENGLISH MEMORIZATION BECAUSE OF POETRY OUT LOUD.

  • Memorize the first 18 lines of The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) in Middle English. (Maximum grade of C for honors, B for regular)
  • Memorize the first 27 lines of The Canterbury Tales in Middle English (Maximum grade of B for honors,  A for regular)
  • Memorize the first 42 linese of The Canterbury Tales in Middle English. (Maximum grade of A+ for everyone)
  • NOTE: Just for you, here’s a brief Youtube recording of the Prologue with phonetic guide!  For a dip into ubergeekiness, check out the Canterbury Tales rap.  Who do you think is spinning in his grave more…Chaucer or Tupac?

Renaissance   Choose ONE option, please            

Enlightenment     Choose ONE option, please.               

HONORS: For a maximum grade of C, memorize 20 consecutive lines of any of the above poems. For a maximum grade of A+, memorize 30 consecutive lines of any of the above poems.            

REGULAR: For a maximum grade of C, memorize 15 consecutive lines of any of the above poems.  For a maximum grade of A+, memorize 25 consecutive lines of any of the above poems.           

Romanticism                   

Choose ONE option, please.                 

Victorian Era  Choose ONE option, please.                  

  • Robert Browning, “Porphyria’s Lover” (Maximum grade B+ for honors, A +for regular)
  • Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess” (Maximum grade B+ for honors, A+ for regular)
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses (Maximum grade of A+ for everyone)

Modern Era Choose ONE option, please.                 

     

WE ARE GOING TO BE COMPETING IN POETRY OUT LOUD.

1. CHOOSE A POEM OF 25 LINES OR FEWER from the POETRY OUT LOUD SITE.

2. MEMORIZE THE POEM AND RECITE IT TO ME DURING OFFICE HOURS 11/8.

3. CHOOSE A POEM WRITTEN BEFORE THE 20TH CENTURY.

4. MEMORIZE IT AND RECITE IT TO THE CLASS IN OUR CLASSROOM COMPETITION 11/29.

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