What Are Some Well-Known Poems That Are Easy to Memorize?


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Examples of well-known poems that are easy to memorize include "Someone" by Walter de la Mare, "The Sea" by James Reeves, and "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost. Well-known verses from "The Tyger" by William Blake and "If-" by Rudyard Kipling are also simple to memorize.

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Short rhyming poems such as "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost are the easiest option; Frost's nine-line classic starts off with the lines "Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire / I hold with those who favor fire." Some poems are even shorter and easier to commit to memory (for example, "You Fit Into Me" by Margaret Atwood is only four lines long), though these tend to lack the rhythm of longer poems. Other well-known poems that are easy to memorize include sonnets, such as Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18," which begins with the famous line "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

Another option is to memorize a famous verse from a poem. For example, the opening verse of William Blake's "The Tyger" is well-known and easy to remember: the verse begins,"Tyger Tyger, burning bright / In the forests of the night" and continues with simple rhyming couplets. "If-" by Rudyard Kipling has a similar opening verse that is easy to memorize and recite.

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