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Let the Memory Live Again

April 9, 2013 | by

Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 11.43.37 AMI remember in sixth grade a substitute teacher asked the class if we knew any poems by heart. Did I! I favored the assembled company with a little Wordsworth, some Blake, and, because I was cool like that, a soupçon of Ogden Nash. Needless to say, everyone was really impressed, and I was incredibly popular for the rest of the school year. My penchant for oversize flannel jumpers only helped!

As usual, I was ahead of my time: Penguin Classics has released an amazing app called Poems by Heart, a memorization game that helps users learn poetry. For me the virtues of rote learning were their own reward. But for those who require slightly more incentive, the app provides a scoring program, a recording mechanism, and original art. Flannel jumper optional.






  1. Jonathan Rimorin | April 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    iOS only. Bah.

  2. Molly | April 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Jonathan, what’s your preference? Android? we’d love to create other versions if we can make the numbers work.

  3. Miriam | April 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Yes yes yes, android version please

  4. Ron | April 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    No android version? My heart just broke a little.

  5. GZ | April 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Love the anecdote but this post is also an advertisement for an app, which creeps me out!

  6. GJD | April 10, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Yes, please, Android!

  7. Micah | April 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you for the Penguin Classics tip.

    I’ve really enjoyed some good, free, audio recitations of public domain poetry from the folks over at They have some good recitations of great poems such as “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” “The Village Blacksmith” etc. etc.

    Also, another helpful free way to memorize poetry is which is a useful tool for memorizing any poem, speech, or other text that might strike your fancy.

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