How to Memorize a Poem, Quote or Scripture

Well this is Ron White the two thousand USA
memory champion and I want to talk to you about how to memorize a poem, a quote or verses
you know, a lot of scripture is just you know certain poetry are a lot of times are proverbs
or acacles or something like that or you want to memorize a poem a twenty, thirty, forty,
fifty line poem you can do that. So a quote a presidential quote by President
Teddy Roosevelt, I’m going to show you how to memorise part of a quote by teddy Roosevelt
using this system. So you know if you’re a public speaker you
know memorizing poems and quotes is a great skill to add into speech or just if you’re
a fan of poetry and you want or know poems by heart or maybe your faith is important
to you, so you want to memorize verses this system will enable you to do something word
for word. This is different than giving a speech without notes because when you want
to give a speech you’re just using bullet points, main ideas and getting up in front
of the room and talking. This is literally word for word so I’m going toa show you
word for word. In order to do this we need to be understand
the basics of memory this is, we always start all programs off covering this cos we never
know at what point you’re gonna jump into the program so if you’ve seen this part I’ll
jump the real quick and if you’re not this can be a good… good lesson for you. The basics of memory there five keys in our
memory system that we teach. The first one is focus, you focus your mind by good nutrition
and exercise you focus it uh… by food you eat whether it be spinach and blueberries
have antioxidants in it or omega three fish oil pills focus is crucial to your memory.
So just treat your treat your body good and you will be treating your mind good and your
ability to focus, lots of sleep, you know what I always tell people if you would have
a good memory it’s good to get twenty to twenty one hours of sleep a day and I mean that seriously,
actually I don’t totally joking, but get a good eight hours’ sleep, that’s gonna help
your focus. Files, a place to store that data if you’ve
run through the programs before this is going to be your house files the journey method
and if you have not run through our memory program before then I’m going to explain
that to you. Pictures, turn numbers into picture, it says
numbers here but it’s anything you’re going to have to turn the… the words in the speech,
the words of the poems and the words in the verse into a picture. If you have uh… to
be or not to be that is the question, if that the line you want to memorize that is so abstract
to be or not to be that is the question, what does what does that look like, well it doesn’t
look like nothing. It’s an abstract so you have to turn into a picture you might see
two bee’s and a question mark to be and then maybe see another bee or two bees and
then two more bees and have the circle with a line drawn through it might not so to be
or not to be with a big question mark above it. You’re turning that verse into a picture
that’s crucial for memorizing a verse, action makes the pictures, action active have bees
buzzing all around not just sitting still and they go on back in reviews its really
crucial okay. The journey method, if you have not heard
me describe the journey method what I’m going to recommend right now is you go to
one of our other programs on how to how-to how to give speeches without notes or how
to memorize playing cards and in there I’m going to describe this journey method but
you’re going to need to get this journey method mastered and a really great place to master
that is one of those programs. Basically essentially what, what you’re doing
with this journey method is your going to number of pieces of furniture in your home,
you’re going to number pieces of furniture in your house. So you take one room in your
house you number pieces of furniture, bed desks, television, lamp, chair and then after
you have these numbered you move in the next room from the next should be six, seven, eight,
nine, ten pieces of furniture that really catch your eye in that room, big pieces of
furniture, not be small pieces of furniture and number them six to ten. The next one number
some pieces of furniture in the next room eleven through fifteen, the next one sixteen
through twenty, number twenty pieces of furniture your house get to the point where you can
see it forwards and backwards you can say what number eight is without thinking about
it, you can say what number nine is without thinking about it. Number twenty pieces of
furniture in your in your home and get real familiar with these and these are, these are
actually files when you store data. Now let’s take this quote by the twenty-sixth
President of the United States Teddy Roosevelt. The quote says this, it is not the critic
who counts nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer
of deeds could have done better but the credit belongs the man who’s actually in the arena
whose face is marred by dust sweat and blood who strives valiantly who errs but comes short
again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends some self in
a worthy cause who at best knows a triumph of high achievement and who at worst if he
fails at least he fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those
cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Teddy Roosevelt twenty-sixth President United
States, now how do you do it? How do you memorize this poem? You break it down by a line or
by though, you get to turn these into a picture. So you take the first segment it is not the
critic who counts , I visualise two movie critics Siskel and Ebert counting on their
finger so my first piece of furniture in my living room I will, my first file in my living
room is my television set so sitting on my television set I see Siskel and Ebert, the
movie critics and they’re counting. The quote that I want to remember is that is not the
critic who counts. My next piece of furniture on that one I see Arnold Schwarzenegger tripping
and I’m pointing to him. The word there is nor the men who points out how the strong
man stumbled Arnold Schwarzenegger’s obviously a very strong man. The next one where the
doer of deeds could have done better. I put butter, I turn that into a picture and I put
butter, deed, I sue a deed to a house like a property so where the doer of deeds could
have done better, I visualise myself putting butter on a deed for this, to memorise this
phrase. And then I go back after I’ve done this
and I review, it’s not to critic who counts Siskel and Ebert sitting on my files nor the
man who points at how the strong man stumbles, point at Arnold Schwarzenegger tripping, or
the doer of deeds could have done better point putting butter on a deed but the credit belongs
to a man is actually in the arena on this one I’d put a man in an arena handing him
a credit card so you’re giving credit to the man in the arena the line is the credit belongs
to a man is actually in the arena focus on that make it vivid and see it really vividly
on your file. And then the next one whose face is marred
by dust sweat and blood, on this one I see a face with dust and sweat and blood and I
see it real vividly and clearly. Now I go back and I review this on my first
file, on your first file whatever it is you saw Siskel and Ebert counting, it’s not
the critic who counts, the next one Arnold Schwarzenegger stumbling nor the man who points
at how the strong man stumbles, the next one butter on a deed the doer of deeds could have
done better, the next one credit cards in an arena, the credit belongs to a man who
is actually in the arena. The next one face with dust, sweat and blood whose face is marred
by dust sweat and blood. Review don’t try to memorize it word for word, just the main
points, read through it once or twice you’ll get a feel for the words in your mind will
fill in the gaps. In other words with whenever your your creating
these pictures you’re not turning every single word into a picture here I didn’t turn marred
into a picture, I didn’t turn by into a picture, I just turned the key words, face,
dust, sweat, blood into a picture if you just use the keywords turn them into a picture
and create a little bitty story there then visualize that story on pieces of furniture
in your house your mind will fill in the gaps. Now here’s the deal if your memorizing a poem
or your memorizing a verse out of the bible or your memorising the plane lines your mind
will not fill in the gaps if you’re not familiar with the text. So what you have to do is you
have to read the text you have to read the poem, you have to read the verses, you have
to read a quote one or two or three times before you even start using your files and
your pictures with your mind will fill the gaps if you’re not familiar with it
after you get familiar with it turn into picture it in your mind a fill in the gaps with, with
was just simple pictures. This is the effective away to memorize a scripture
a poem, a quote, chapters a book or whatever you want word for word. It takes a little
practise but it’s the same old focus, file, picture, action and review use pieces of furniture
house memorized poems. I challenge you right now to go with your
favourite poem, go get your favourite presidential quote and then memorize it this way. Remembered
that you’re going to take pieces of furniture at your house, you take the the the quote
and you’re going to do it by file. See here’s where the semicolon is everything before the
semicolon goes on one file. See here’s where the comma everything before as comma goes
on my number two file. Here’s the period everything before this period goes in the
next file, here’s the next comma so it’s by a segment. It doesn’t have to be commas
and semicolons callers where you stop but that’s kind of a you know where that’s normal
with a thought stop so it’s a good idea so that’s good way to do that. I would encourage you to practice this, you’re
gonna need maybe twenty files for a twenty line poem. You know twenty-five files for
twenty five line poem but uh… this is a great method practice it practice at practice
it memorize your favourite poems or quotes.

59 thoughts on “How to Memorize a Poem, Quote or Scripture

  1. thank you so much for this vid. i haven't tried it yet but i'm sure it will help me memorize the poem, "The Anatomy of A Filipino – Professor Felix Bautista", given to us by our teacher for speech choir. but before i end, i would like to congratulate you for winning the memory contest i think about a year ago.heheh thank you for this video and you will help alot of people.:D

  2. @ThePikpikcarrot trust me dude thats pretty easy becaus if you understand what the poems about
    i needed to memorize anabel lee too

  3. I have to learn a 150 line "poem". It's not actually a poem. It's just random lines from a book. Fucking retarded.

  4. Fantastic video I just recently got into the journey method and it has made my work and studies much, much easier. This technique has also helped me with chess, go and languages. Thank you for the details and how to use this mnemonic!!

  5. is it for fear to wet a widow's eye,
    that thou consumest thyself in single life? great video thank you.

  6. Thanks for this! When we're starting out, how big should we shoot for in poems at a time? How long will this stay in our memory and how often should we review? I'm just starting out, wanting to memorize poems so this is helpful. =)

  7. gracias! this is really a great tip to learn those lengthy sentences …

  8. I wonder if it seems to you,

    Luriana, Lurilee,

    That when the kings go riding by

    Over lawn and lazy lea,

    That all the lives we ever lived

    And all the lives to be

    Are full of trees and changing leaves.

  9. Thanks!! I have used movable memory pegs for lists, but would like to learn scriptures better with mnemonic techniques! This was quite helpful! πŸ™‚

  10. how often do you review? When I memorize verses, I do it but it takes FOREVER.

  11. AHHH!!! This does not help! I have to memorize 3 pages of 4 poems!! Help!! I do not know how to!! I have tried different things to help memorize it doesnt help! I might as well get a zero. Β 

  12. Lovin your videos Ron. I was curious if you use the same file system for multiple sets of information – in other words do you use the same pieces of furniture every time? I'm just wondering, because it seems like eventually I'm going to run out of items in my house.Β 

  13. I got to memorize a poem called Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes

  14. You don't connect images and do not create a story so it's hard to remember – I learned poems traditional way much butter than this way… Any tips?

  15. you say good exercise and nutrition… but look at you…. your FAT and u have good memory Laugh out Loud

  16. Ronnie, Would you suggest creating more than one Mind Palace? Such as one for work related things, and another for scripture or quotes?

  17. I have a poem due tomorrow and to make it worst I have to say it in front of judges and the poem its im French help

  18. I have to memorize digging, blackberry picking, in memory of my mother and when all the others were away at mass by seamus Heaney and Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy in three days I'm screwed.

  19. I have 120 quotes that I want to memorize from 19 different people.

    I currently have 99 locations plus 00-09 locations in my house with number objects at each one. Currently, I have been using the locations in the house for numbers, dates, birthdays etc. I'm curious if I should create new memory palaces to use exclusively for these quotes or if overlapping is ok.

    I'm also not sure if I should group the quote by people, or group the quotes by topic.

    Meaning, should I use the living room for all of Dale Carnegie's quotes or should I use the living room for any quote that talks about "forgiveness".

  20. Great video! Would you use the peg system to memorize poems?

  21. The information given by you is just awesome.I can remember poems in just few mins.Thank you very much!!!!!!

  22. I have to memorize a poem for tomorrow at school , can I do it , it's about 20 lines

  23. usually couldnt care less about exams, especially for english. for some reason im stressing about the one i got tomorrow morning and ive spent the whole day on poems tryna remember quotes. i can remember like 10 from 15 poems all together… chances are they wont be needed in the exam or wont even use them. what should i do?

  24. What do you think is the most effective way to learn a new language. I'm trying to learn French and I'm only 15

  25. Thought by thought is a great way to compartmentalize the images. Sometimes when I'm working with images I don't know where to start, so I find that helpful. Thanks for the advice! I actually created my own video on memorizing poems and totally overlooked that piece of info. Cheers!

  26. do you have book sugestion for memorizing a poem? im hoping for reply, thanks.

  27. @ronniewhite how can I turn into image something like existence or reality or truth?

  28. This is just superb, been searching for "how to make all a's in middle school" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across – Yeetta Gradeify Scores – (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my neighbour got excellent success with it.

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