The Raven

The Raven 7 June 2011

Project 2: Interpreting Poetry
Interpretive Reading

Tonight I delivered an excerpt from Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. This was for the second project in the Interpretive Reading manual. I struggled with finding a poem for this project that would be lengthy enough. My searches revealed that this is a popular selection (although the Interpretive Reading manual isn’t particularly popular) for this project. My research also revealed Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart is a frequent selection for the monodrama (project three). Part of me feels as though I have copped out selecting these. OTOH, what great writing. I love the emotion and it helped me break loose.

I felt pretty good with my delivery. I boomed where I wanted to. I was not quite as dynamic as I thought I was. The beginning wasn’t as demonstrative as I had practiced.

This is the right manual for me at this point. I am very busy and reading is right up my alley; this is what I do for a living. While poetry is not my comfort area, it isn’t that far afield from what I do 9-5 in the classroom.

Some of the comments surprised me. Despite the manual telling me I should give a brief introduction and not engage the audience with eye contact, the audience commented that I should have just jumped right into the poem without the preface and that I should have made eye contact. Hmmm . . .

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