In Pursuit of A Better Memory. Mnemosyne And The Three Muses Characters in Greek Mythology. Does Memory Really Matter ?

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Willie Willie Harry Stee
Harry Dick John Harry three;
One two three Neds, Richard two
Harrys four five six….then who?
Edwards four five, Dick the bad,
Harrys (twain), Ned six (the lad);
Mary, Bessie, James you ken,
Then Charlie, Charlie, James again…
Will and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Georges four, Will four Victoria;
Edward seven next, and then
Came George the fifth in nineteen ten;
Ned the eighth soon abdicated
Then George six was coronated;
After which Elizabeth
And that’s all folks until her death.

When A Joke Made Me A Joker,
Van Held The Poker,
The Fiery Poker,
But Long John Grant Had Gone
And Chased His Crazy Mooses
‘Round The West Hollering,
“Can’t Help Rinse Those Empty Kettles Just Now, Friend.”
Come ‘Round By Charlie’s Bed Often (or: Colanders Rinse Bad Cabbage Best, Obviously)

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What ? What the hell are the two rhymes I listed out? Take a guess. William the Conqueror ? Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. George Washington Abraham Lincoln , Roosevelt and Obama. That’s the clue. Well If one were asked to sequentially name all the kings of England I make a very safe guess Nine out of Ten would draw a blank and the same goes for naming all the presidents of America. Most of us would care less to remember all the kings of England or all the Presidents of America for the general consensus would be how it would matter if someone is able to name all the Kings and Queens of England or the Presidents of America. I agree it does not amount to much but no denying the power to impress a random someone with one’s remarkable memory is not questionable. So coming to the point the first rhyme I started out with is the mnemonic to remember all the kings of England and the second one is the one to remember the presidents of America where the first letter of the word in the rhyme corresponds to the last name of the president in a sequential fashion. So what is a mnemonic to begin with ? A device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.

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