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  1. art

    art Contributing Member Contributor

    Sep 5, 2010
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    Knowing stuff by heart

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by art, Nov 25, 2010.

    Always a great boon to be able to recall great poetry or verse while your stuck in a traffic jam or sat in a waitng room. What stuff do you know by heart? What would you like to know? My stock is very paltry I'm sorry to say:

    Dulce et Decorum est...Owen
    Loveliest of trees...A.E.Housman
    Henry V Agincourt speech..Shakespeare

    One of my chief aims in life is, like Dot Cotton, to have a biblical quote for every occasion. A winning social talent!
  2. Elgaisma

    Elgaisma Contributing Member Contributor

    Jun 12, 2010
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    I went to speech and drama so have loads of stuff from biblical, shakespeare, poetry, then there are the books I have read loads, scripts from plays, songs I enjoy. My favourite right now is Arms of an Angel by Sarah Mclachlan - the line There's always some reason to feel not good enough And it's hard at the end of the day is having huge resonance in my life.

    I recall all sorts and find it useful to help me get through the day. Remembering where I got the quote, poem etc and who wrote it is my problem
  3. minstrel

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

    Jul 11, 2010
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    Near Los Angeles
    I know several poems by Robinson Jeffers by heart, and also some WB Yeats. For some reason I still remember some Shakespeare I had to memorize back when I was in high school ninety-nine years ago. Oh, also a couple of William Blake's poems (including "The Little Vagabond", which should be better known).
  4. hiddennovelist

    hiddennovelist Contributing Member Contributor

    Feb 25, 2009
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    Fabulous Sin City
    I used to have the 3 Witches part of Macbeth memorized...but I don't think I could remember the whole thing now.

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