Example 1 – Funeral Blues
Funeral Blues, by W. H. Auden
Think of a funeral where everyone and everything is in blue (Funeral Blues).
The clocks are poured out of the coffin and someone stops all the clocks (Stop all the clocks).
So you now have the title and the first few words of the poem.
You now need to learn the end of each line and the beginning of the next as follows:
(Press within the boxes below to reveal the mnemonic image, then select 'back to poem' to return to the list.)
Link TELEPHONE to PREVENT
The telephone is gigantic. It prevents us from making a call.
Link BONE to SILENCE
The bones in the car were always silent.
Link DRUM to BRING
Playing a drum and announcing: “Bring out the coffin”.
Link MOURNERS and LET AEROPLANES
Mourners came out of the aeroplane.
Link OVERHEAD to SCRIBBLING
Overhead aeroplanes scribbling in the sky: “He is dead”.
Link DEAD to PUT CREPE BOWS AROUND
The dead had crepe bows put around them.
Link PUBLIC DOVES to LET THE TRAFFIC
The public doves let the traffic through.
Link GLOVES to HE WAS MY NORTH
The glove points to North.
Link WEST to MY WORKING WEEK
The Wild West saloon is where I spend my working week.
Link REST to MY NOON
My rest under my noon day sun.
Link SONG to I THOUGHT THAT LOVE
Song of love.
Link WRONG to THE STARS
The wrong stars.
Link EVERY ONE to PACK UP
Every one decided to pack up smoking after seeing the frightening poster.
Link DISMANTLE THE SUN to POUR AWAY THE OCEAN
They worked hard to dismantle the sun and then pulled out the plug to pour away the ocean.
Link THE WOOD to NOTHING
The wood . . .
. . . to nothing