Complex language, length, and content puts on display for the audience, orally, topics that will really engage them to think more about the words you are sharing, and the ideas you are challenging. Now, this card is mostly aimed at competing in poetry competitions: if you're reading your own work in a cafe, you can definitely skip this one.
- For competitions beyond the classroom level, select poems of various styles, time periods, themes, and tones. Diversity of poem selection will allow judges to see your mastery of various elements of complexity.
- Make sure each poem you choose is one that speaks to you. If you are able to connect with a poem, that internalization will ripple positively throughout all of your scores.
Allison Strong “Sonnet CXXX: My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun” by William Shakespeare
Carolyn Rose Garcia “Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins