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Memory feeds imagination
Amy Tan, 1952 -
American author

Guides for memorizing series

Memorizing using acrostics

Sequences of letters that helps you remember a poem or other text

An acrostic is a sequence of letters
that helps you remember a poem or other text

Exercise text:

GARBAGE a poem by Bruce Lansky (2002, www.GigglePoetry.com)
(Whose job is it to take out the garbage?)

Grounds (coffee)
Apple (core)
Rinds (mellon)
Banana (peel)
Anchovies (from pizza I wouldn't eat)
Grapes (too ripe to eat)
Emptying the stinking bag (my job)

To memorize the planets:

Mercury
Venus
Earth
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
  My
Very
Excellent
Mother
Just
Served
Us
Nothing

From Wikipedia:
An acrostic poem in English written by Edgar Allan Poe (ELIZABETH):

An Acrostic

Elizabeth it is in vain you say
"Love not" -- thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe's talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth -- and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love -- was cured of all beside --
His follie -- pride -- and passion -- for he died.


Memorization techniques:

Acronyms | Acrostics | Rhymes | Loci | Keywords | Image-naming | Chaining

More helpful thought processing guides:

Concentrating | Thinking critically | Thinking creatively | Radical thinking |
Thinking aloud/private speech | Mind/concept mapping | Thinking like a genius

Flash exercise contributed by Karoline Dehnhard and Dr. Brad Hokanson, Interactive Media (DHA 4384) School of Design, University of Minnesota.
Revised and edited by Joe Landsberger