Things That Help in Reciting a Poem like An Expert

Things That Help in Reciting a Poem like An Expert

Lines to a golden eaglet poem
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If your a poet and enjoy both reciting and writing poems and want share your passion with the audience.  You will need to learn the techniques where your recitation expresses those feelings that you have, this is how the experts do it. It can be a poem written by you or by someone else, but the ways to recite it in a nice way remains the same. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind to recite poetry like a pro.

To start with, you should choose the right type of poem. You must keep in mind the audience that you will recite the poem as well as the occasion so as to match the event theme. The best to choose English poems for recitation is to select those poems that will ‘speak to you’ and those that you like to recite. It is only when you enjoy a poem that you will learn and recite it well.

This is applicable to any genre of poems you choose to recite. The different genres that you can choose from include:

  • A serious poem with a deep social message
  • A funny poem
  • A sad poem
  • A spooky poem
  • A sports poem
  • A love poem and even a 
  • A jump-rope rhyme

Just make sure that the poem makes you feel something. It is only then you will be able to share  and love the experience with your audience.

Speak it loudly enough

You can recite a poem loudly, in a soft voice, and even yell! There are lots of ways to recite a poem. It is you who should decide which is the ‘right’ way. 

However, there is only one wrong way to recite a poem, which is by using your everyday, normal, and ‘inside voice.’ This is because your inside voice will be only be loud enough for those who are closest to you to hear it. 

Ideally, to make sure everyone can hear what you are saying, you should recite a poem loudly enough for everyone present in the room to hear you.

Do not look down when you speak. Remember, your voice travels in the direction of your face. Therefore, ‘speak up,’ facing your audience and using your ‘outer voice’ literally!

Memorize the poem

You will make a mess of the entire thing if you hold the poem in front of your face. It is required for others to see your lips moving. This also helps them to ‘hear’ things more clearly. Therefore, have the poem that you want to recite committed firmly to your memory. This will prevent you from making a mistake of reading lines twice or missing one completely when you read it from a piece of paper in front of you.

  • Ways to commit a poem to memory:
  1. Print a copy of the poem
  2. Read the poem out loud 
  3. Flip the paper over and recite from memory
  4. Continuously recite the poem from the beginning as much as you can remember, then start over
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 5 until can you can recite the entire poem from memory

Other things to note

Man reciting poem
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Watch out for these tricks to make a poem sound even better. Know the voice of the poem and speak in that particular voice. Also, find out whether there is a rhythm in the poem and, if so, maintain that specific rhythm.

  • Look for the voice of the poem:

That means, if it’s a poem about a cowboy, check whether you can put on a cowboy emphasize. On the off chance that it’s a poem about a beast, have a go at utilizing the scariest beast voice you can. In the event that it’s a poem about a child, an Old Man, or simply some insane character, consider what that individual may seem like in an attempt to talk in their voice.

  • Rap the poem:

A few poems have a rhythm incorporated with the words. At the point when you’re perused a bounce rope rhyme or some other rhythmical poem, you may find that it’s appropriate for rapping. If you ever need to have a ton of fun with it, have a go at reciting it to a drumbeat or to music.

  • Recite it with a friend:

Some poems have more than one voice. That is, a lyric may have distinctive speaking parts –, for example, the storyteller, a mother or father, a kid, and so on – making it simple to separate and be perused by at least two individuals. Regardless of whether it’s not, maybe you and your friend could alternate perusing each other line.

  • Put on a play:

If a poem tells a little story, you can perform it similarly that you can play out a play. You can make sets and props and even wear costumes. Make it a dramatization! Or a comedy! Or a musical!

  • Run around, wave your hands, say it like you mean it

Don’t simply restrict yourself to the thoughts that are given previously. Recite the poem in any capacity that appears to be ideal for you. In the event that that implies sitting in a seat, or bouncing around, or stepping to and fro, or in any event, dancing, that is alright. Simply put some feeling into it and “read it as you mean it” to give the best performance you can.

Listen to videos or audio recordings

If you’re reciting in an event, choose a poem to speaks to you or one that you personally wrote. This will allow you to personalize the poem and add more of a dramatic delivery. You ought to have the option to tell within a minute or two whether you like a performance. Continue looking until you discover somebody you like and concentrate on the delivery of their performances. Consider why you appreciate it, and record the appropriate response so you can pursue a genuine example.

Have Fun!

Finally, practice a lot in a few different ways to find out what works best and have fun while you recite it that is the most important thing.

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