Remembering quotations

Children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
Learning key quotations off by heart is useful for essay writing

It is important to learn key quotations when you come to write an essay. It’s helpful to memorise a selection of quotations from different poems for when you are asked to compare the work of two poets.

Memorising tips

Some techniques to help you learn quotations include:

  • circling key words in your quotation in different colours
  • writing quotations on sticky notes and posting them around the house
  • stressing certain syllables of the lines you want to learn - eg 'And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea'.
  • writing the text as a summarised textual reference if you can’t remember the full quotation