September 27, 2004

A Bell Recitation

Yes, I was a bell today. I was the low, "iron" bell in The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe. Diana was the alarum bell and Tiffany was the wedding bell.

To sum up our performance:
--I was loud.
--Tiffany was fast
--Diana was alarum.
--None of us moved. The "action-ventriloquist bells"

After we gave the presentation, I kept thinking that we should have swayed our hips (to look like bells, alluring possibly, but definitely bell-esque) when it was our turn to recite. Each of us read a part of the poem, and at the "bells, bells, bells" part, the current reader would finish together with the next reader on the last "bells" of the line. In other words, we overlapped by reading the same word together--a great transition. However, reading the poem is a feat in its self. The reason I couldn't get "into" the poem with hands and pendulous motions because I was holding tightly to the paper, assuring that I got every word right.

What many people do not know about me (and they now will) is that I had extreme difficulty in learning to read. I was in special reading groups and such when I was in grade school. Although it is a distant memory, I still fear reading in front of people. I can act, I can speak, but reciting things remains a trouble area for me. However, with "The Dickinson and Poe Retro Lit Cover Slam" (a bit wordy, don't you think? :-D), I challenged myself, especially reading with my other very English major pals.

I was a bit nervous when Dr. Jerz asked me what tintinnabulation meant, and I did a context search, and surprisingly, I wasn't too far off.

All in all, I think the "Feminist Collective" (as one such reviewee called us--you probably know who--I do), did a great job on "The Bells".

Congratulations to all the other people that read today. I thought for sure someone was going to break out in a Dickinson inspired "Yellow Rose of Texas", though.


Posted by Amanda Cochran at September 27, 2004 7:45 PM
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NOOOO! C'mon--no one did any Emily Dickenson?! Oh my... Lit last year. Wow. I don't think I can elaborate on that anymore than "wow."

Posted by: Karissa at September 28, 2004 8:39 PM

Yes, they did, but no one did the yella rose of texas.

Posted by: Amanda at September 28, 2004 9:18 PM
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