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Reading Response: Poetry and Performance

Reading Response: Poetry and Performance

Listen to We Real Cool and My Papa’s Waltz. These clips demonstrate the importance of performance, rhythm, and musicality in the poetic form.

Describe your listening experience of one or more of the poems.  How did hearing the text(s) recited aloud compare to a silent reading of it/them? Did the performance in any ways add to or detract from your experience of the text? Did the performance change your perception of the poem or its content in any ways? Explain how (or how not).

Support your ideas with textual details and analysis. When applicable, address how specific literary techniques and/or devices contributed to your experience?

*Poems found on poetryarchive.org.





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Many poem readers may have little or no experience in reciting poems. For this reason, they may read poems silently and this may affect the attention of listeners because they may not get the exact words in the poem. For this reason, reading a poem loudly differs from reading it silently. This is because when reciting poem loudly it captures the attentions of listeners and they may be able to get the main ideas in the text. Therefore, the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” has been recited in different languages. The reader uses a loud tone when starting a new line and pauses after a comma and this makes me as a listener to understand the words clearly.

Through this, I am able to explain the main…


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