By Heart: 101 Poems and How to Remember Them

By Heart: 101 Poems and How to Remember Them

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Edited by Ted Hughes, Introduction by Ted Hughes

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 14mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 7 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571192637
  • ISBN 13: 9780571192632
  • Sales rank: 117,389

Product description

What has happened to the lost art of memorising poetry? Why do we no longer feel that it is necessary to know the most enduring, beautiful poems in the English language 'by heart'? In his introduction Ted Hughes explains how we can overcome the problem by using a memory system that becomes easier the more frequently it is practised. The collected 101 poems are both personal favourites and particularly well-suited to the method Hughes demonstrates. Spanning four centuries, ranging from Shakespeare and Keats through to Auden and Heaney, By Heart offers the reader a 'mental gymnasium' in which the memory can be exercised and trained in the most pleasurable way. Some poems will be more of a challenge than others, but all will be treasured once they have become part of the memory bank.

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Author information

Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain, was published in 1957 by Faber and Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children, including The Iron Man (1968). He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for both Tales from Ovid (1997) and Birthday Letters (1998). He was Poet Laureate from 1984, and in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of Merit.

Editorial reviews

Creating a film script of images and linking this to the audial memory's capacity for retaining sound patterns is the method Ted Hughes proposes for memorizing poetry. The poems he has selected and which he has also read for an audio recording lend themselves admirably to this approach. From Thomas Wyatt's 'They flee from me, that sometime did me seek' to Seamus Heaney's 'The Skunk', the 101 poems from the works of over 40 writers spanning more than 450 years are a real feast. (Kirkus UK)