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For a while I have wanted to learn to match the character names of the 64 hexagrams to the hexagrams themselves.

Unfortunately, as for the names and hexagrams, none of them really stick in my memory.

Sure, the hexagrams all look alike at first.

But it's not so much that the characters themselves are hard to remember, or that the meanings are hard to remember. It's just that there are 64 of them.

What I usually do when absorbing a list-based piece of knowledge like this is to simply learn one half of the list in one big chunk, then go back and match the 'domain' to the 'range'.

With that in mind, I want to tackle the character names of the 64 hexagrams.

So, are there any short prose or poetry works in classical or modern Chinese designed specifically to teach the names of the 64 hexagrams?

I am thinking in particular of the 千字文, a work of poetry that was mainly designed to teach calligraphy, versions of the work being available in a variety of calligraphic styles. Didactic literature like this has played a useful part in my own study of Chinese.

The 百家姓 is another example.

Such a work, translated into English, might go something like,

"Sixty-three, the ox has already forded the stream, But, sixty-four, the stag is still on the other side."

and would use the actual character names in the 'story', like 既济 for 'already forded.'

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I found this link. It's mainly focused on methods to quickly memorize the meaning and pattern of 64 hexagrams. Hope it helps.

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