Thursday, March 15, 2012

Life List: Memorize & Internalize 10 Poems

I've always liked memorizing poems, and since memorizing 10 is on my life list, I figured I'd bring us on a guided tour through the ones I've already memorized, and how they've treated me through the years.

Caedmon's Hymn
nu scylun hergan   hefaenricaes uard
metudæs maecti   end his modgidanc
uerc uuldurfadur   swe he uundra gihwaes
eci dryctin   or astelidæ
he aerist scop   aelda barnum
heben til hrofe   haleg scepen.
tha middungeard   moncynnæs uard
eci dryctin   æfter tiadæ
firum foldu   frea allmectig

In other words, the coolest party trick I have - whipping out a memorized poem in Old English. That's all I have to say about that.


  1. Man, I love this poem. I don't care a bit about the meaning, I just love how it sounds. I know I'm probably mispronouncing the hell out of it, but I love it. And, yes, I try to sneak it in at parties, too.

    1. I know - but the wonderful thing about Old English is that so few people speak it, it's unlikely anyone will ever call you out on mispronunciation!