Oct 13: ELA A10 Example of using your voice during poetry “performance”…
Your next assignment is to “perform” a poem. I put that in quotations because I want to emphasize this point; you’re not just reading it, but you have to include emotion and power through your voice. This isn’t easily done and it will certainly take you outside your comfort zone.
As an example of the type of emotion and voice range you can/should attempt to develop in your poetry performance, listen to this video below focusing on the narrator’s use of voice. This copy here is for those of you who want to watch it as well.
Listening to poems performed: this website has many samples of people performing poetry to give examples of the rhythm, the emotion, the plays on sounds of words, the soft and loud, etc. You could listen to some as inspiration before your own recorded performance.
Practicing Speaking/Performing Poetry:
Listen to Poetry website – listen to poems performed
Finding Your Own Poem:
PoemHunter.com – many poems here of different topics so search through
If you’re stuck and looking for some options for poems to select from, here are a random selection that suit the assignment:
Note: I want you to avoid selecting a poem that has an audio recording with it of someone performing it. You need to decide and plan for yourself your interpretation of how this poem should be performed: the mood, the slow and fast parts, the emphasis on certain words or word sounds, etc.
On a Dying Earth: rhyming lines
More Dangerous Air: sarcastic play on waiting for the Atomic bomb to drop
Ritmo/Rhythm:girl makes music out of old things
Meeting Point: obscure meaning – challenging
The Cabin of Mystery: unknown who built a cabin in the woods Aleah & Ella
Natasha and Houdini: a magician’s assistant reflects on how tough the job is
A Rhyme for Halloween: themed poem of happenings in fall (w narration audio to coach you) Van dibs
To the Dead in the Graveyard Underneath my Window: narrator questions why they aren’t haunting in death
Ghost: narrated by a ghost that haunts someone who doesn’t know they’re there Dibs by Noah, Danny & Thea
Samhain: the season of fall when leaves can move, narrator encounters a spirit
All Souls: cute poem describing people dressed up in costumes at a party
A Ballad: The Lake of the Dismal Swamp: a man mourning his love’s death plans to be reunited with her in the afterlife
The Witch has Told you a Story: sounds like Hansel and Gretel story – witch will make sister fatten up the brother so he’s good to eat!