Mnemonic Monday 1: As I Walked Out One Evening

Tom Hiddleston’s rendition is a thing of beauty (scroll down for it), but his voice alone is not what convinced me that Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening” needed to be the first poem I commit to memory. Poems with a narrative structure are easier to memorize than those that are one long description (e.g., Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard). “As I Walked Out” has enough poetic language about love to feel fragile, enough talk of time to feel weighty, and enough abstract lines for well-spaced mental hooks. read more