Memorization Tests

As part of my pursuit for mental strength I've taken to doing a weekly memorization challenge. I'm starting with poetry because the meter and rhythm makes it easier to remember. Later I might go on to prose, which I find can be entirely more difficult. The point is to memorize at least twenty lines weekly. Learning to improve the memory is an intensely valuable ability when trying to sharpen the mind so I hope that these memorization tests will help me in my journey to manhood.

On Fridays I make a selection for the new week and each Thursday I test myself to see if I've successfully completed my goal.

If you'd like, you can follow along and take on these memorization challenges too, or you can find your own poems. I know at least for me it's easier to memorize words I believe in.

Invictus - William Ernest Henley


The Builders - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Darest Thou Now, O Soul - Walt Whitman

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Robert Frost

Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Song of Hope - Thomas Hardy

The Apology - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Tables Turned - William Wordsworth