American Lit, 1915-Present (2005)

19 Apr 2005
Seven Ways of Reading a Poem

Bear in mind, this is satire, but it still might give you some ideas about the power you wield as the person doing an oral interpretation of a poem.

Inside Higher Ed :: Seven Ways of Reading a Poem

How come Dylan Thomas could mesmerize audiences just by opening his mouth, whereas some poets talk into their sleeves and others prate like Polonius? Given the perils of public speaking, many fall back on default modes. There may be as many reading styles as grains of sand, but nowadays only a handful of ways to read poetry in front of an audience. Here they all are: