September 27, 2004

Reflection on Poetry Presentation

My reflection is on Edgar Allan Poe's "Dreamland" presentation. There are both positive and negative comments for my performance. Some of the positive comments include using the commas and periods well, when I read the poem, good articulation, good pace, emphasizing certain words, and raising and lowering my voice. However, there are some points that I have to focus on for next time. Some of my weaker points include: standing still, looking nervous, not enough gestures, and to show more emotion. When I practiced the poem at home, I didnít think I performed well. I didnít use any hand gestures at all and had a monotone voice. However, when I presented in class, I thought to myself that I did pretty well, with exception of some errors. I thought that I added more voice changes to the character and I added two hand gestures that was relevant to the poem. I agree on using more body movement, because I just stood still in one position.

I have marked out the script well enough to understand the point of the poem. When Dr. Jerz asked me the question, ďWhat does the word Titan mean.?Ē I was looking frantically at my script to find out what this word means. I didnít know, because it was the only word that I didnít write the definition down. Now, I have looked up the word. The word Titan has three definitions:

1. One of a family of giants, the children of Uranus and Gaea, who sought to rule heaven and were overthrown and supplanted by the family of Zeus.

2. One of prodigious size, strength, or achievement:

3. The largest satellite of Saturn and the 11th in distance from the planet. It is the second largest satellite in the solar system.

In my opinion, when the author stated, ďAnd chasms, and caves, and Titan woods...Ē This applies to the first definition. This poem deals with nature and in Greek mythology, the children of Uranus and Gaea ruled heaven, until they were overthrown by Zeusí family.

Posted by NabilaUddin at September 27, 2004 09:33 PM


Adding gestures to punctuate meaning is certainly a wonderful idea. I will keep that in mind for my performance. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Katie Aikins at September 28, 2004 05:31 PM
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