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Here are five tips from writer and reader Renee M. LaTulippe. to read poetry right! 1) Score your poem. Read it over and over, and highlighting the words you find most important, and deciding where you might want to add some interesting vocal affects. Make sure not to force it, and be as natural as possible, especially when the poem is very realistic. 2) Find your pace. Learn how to judge when you're speeding up. Make sure your audience catches each word you set free. You can do this by slowing down! Often, the poem sets this up for you. 3) Use good diction! Each word needs to mean something to the audience, so make sure they can understand each word that you release. Finish each sentence fully, and don't let your words trail off. 4) Use natural movement. If you go overboard, people will feel uncomfortable! You don't want to be too stiff, but if you act out every word, your audience will be frustrated and unbelieving of your reading. 5) Be Natural. Have fun!!! You have to be comfortable and enjoying what you're doing, or it will never feel natural to the audience. Have fun with language and sound, and you'll help your audience have fun, too. Bonus tip: record yourself, and see what you (and a few friends!) think of it!
@WordDoctor That is indeed a perfect example. I couldn't agree more: there is a time and place for overly theatrical readings (see: theater!).
Great tips, @greggr! I agree, @timeturnerjones. I think the points about being natural are important. Over-the-top readings with strange mannerisms can actually distract from the beauty of the words in themselves. I think that Matthew McFadyen reading of W.C. Williams' "This is just to say" that @timeturnerjones posted is just perfection - a great example of how natural delivery captures the essence of a poem:
I really like these tips (though some of her readings as examples made me giggle!)