Describe a line that you remember from a poem or song

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a line that you remember from a poem or song.

You should say
What is it?
What poem is it from?
How did you know about it?
How do you feel about it?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer


  • I listen to songs on my phone whenever I am traveling.
  • In fact, my song choices have changed so much over the years.

What is it?

  • But there is one song and one particular line from that song that I can never forget.
  • The line goes like this – ‘One day you will leave this world behind, so live a life that others will remember.’

What poem is it from?

  • It is from the song ‘The NIGHTS’ by Avcii.
  • I love listening to the whole song, just for this one line.
  • I don’t really remember how I first came across this song, but it was about two-three years ago.

How did you know about it?

  • I think I might have heard it in a cafe or a music channel on the TV.
  • Whenever I am feeling low or don’t feel like studying, I listen to the song for motivation.
  • The song just energizes me and makes me work even harder.
  • But the lyrics also have a darker meaning.
  • The singer Avcii committed suicide at a very young age about two years ago.
  • I remember the news came as a huge shock to me.
  • When I searched online, I came to know, Avcii was going through depression.
  • But one day, when I was listening to this song, I realized how Avcii’s death really gave life to the lyrics.
  • His body did leave this Earth, but people will never forget him.
  • People will always remember him through his songs.
  • He has immortalized his memory through his meaningful song lyrics.

How do you feel about it?

  • I also really want to do something for my family, my society and my country.
  • So that people also remember me after I leave this world.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a line that you remember from a poem or song”.

1. Are you good at memorizing things?
Honestly speaking, I am not too good at remembering things, but I always note all essential items on a diary such as meetings, appointments and much more and sometimes I also set the alarm, which reminds me of time.

2. Do you think children like the rhythm of songs or poems?
Yes, I think it is easier for a child to learn songs or poetry, and there are many reasons for it. First is that children do not have any responsibility, which helps them to focus on their studies. Another reason is, in childhood, a child’s brain easily more receptive, which learns and remembers new things.

3. Do you think it is easier for children to learn songs or poems than adults?
I think, yes. I remember in my childhood, I used to memorize many poems, and I did it very easily. I don’t think I can do the same now. I think it may be because, in childhood, our brains are more receptive.

4. What can people learn from songs or poems?
Poems and songs help people to keep in touch with culture, tradition and language. Words used in songs and poems represent the culture and history full of recession.

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