Thank you for the music!

This technique will help you to remember quotations which are essential to support analysis when studying English Literature; however, it could be transferable to many other subjects to help you to recall information.

Lots of people find that they can remember song lyrics from when they were very young and yet they can’t always recall conversations that they had last week. Why? Because there’s something about rhyme, rhythm and a good melody that helps us commit things to mind.

Choose a focus – for example ‘How Shakespeare introduces the character of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 Scene 4’. Then choose your own song to rewrite the lyrics to in order to help you to remember key facts and quotations. For example, the following lyrics replace those from ‘Do you Want to Build a Snowman?’ from Disney’s Frozen phenomenon:

Do you want to know ‘bout Queen Mab?
She’s in Mercutio’s ‘mad’ speech
He brings her up Act 1 Scene 4
To show us more
It’s pretty kind of deep.
At first it’s all quite funny
But then it’s not
She’s a fairy that visits you!
Do you want to know ‘bout Queen Mab?
(But it’s not just all about Queen Mab)
Ok. Why?

The speech shows what Mercutio’s like
He’s unpredictable that’s why
He talks of “grasshoppers” and “spider’s webs,” “long-spinner’s legs”
“That dreamers often lie!”
He gets quite dark and frightening
With his talk of sex
Of violence, of “hags” and “blades.”
Do you want to know ‘bout Queen Mab?
It makes Mercutio seem quite sad.
“This is she-”

And this example is from Health and Social Care (to the tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep)

Children benefit
From inclusive practice.
Because they have
Plenty of chances.
Range of opportunities,
Range of equipment
Builds a can-do attitude
And ensures acceptance.

Many thanks to Mrs Igoe for recording this track! Click below to hear her performance.

HSC inclusive practice

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