You know -- this felt impossibly difficult when I started. The first stanza, I felt like an idiot just repeating the words out loud, over and over -- and I got really frustrated every time I forgot something. That lasted through most of last night, and I swear the only thing that kept me going was experience -- was knowing that I've been through this sort of thing before, with other things I've tried to learn, and knowing that it gets better, that eventually it does work. I kept coming back to Jabberwocky as a touchstone -- if I could memorize that two decades ago, there was no reason why I couldn't memorize seven pages of poetry now. And, of course, it got easier. The last two pages came pretty quickly, and I have some hope that I might actually learn this well enough to perform it tonight and not make a fool of myself.
Of course, if I'd started a week ago, that would've been better. Another lesson of experience that I apparently haven't learned so well. :-)