Poetry is "literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm."
When reciting poems, do more than just read them aloud, add a stereotypical rhyming, poetic tempo, and inflection. Find the emotional state in the poem and bring those same emotions out through your body and voice. Give the words space when they need it. Audience emotions germinate on the word and emerge in the silence.
Today, take a few moments to receive this eclectic mix of poems from different cultures, ages, and emotions.
Dapper Dan Walks the Talk written and spoken by Amy Walker in honor of her Granddad Daniel Walker. Limitless talent.
And Still I Rise written and spoken by the endearing Maya Angelou, put to video and music by M. Kimimi. Inspiring.
Pass On written and spoken by Michael Lee. Touching.
If written by Rudyard Kipling, spoken by Martin Shaw. Thought-provoking.