POEM IN MY POCKET
This term is Poem in my Pocket time where you get a chance to share your favourite poem with the school. There are many great poems that are fun or interesting to read and recite. How do you pick a poem? When choosing a poem to recite, be sure to pick a poem that you really like. The more you like the poem, the more fun you will have learning and reciting it. Whether it’s a funny poem, a serious poem, a sad poem, a sports poem, a spooky poem, a jump-rope rhyme, or even a love poem, if it’s a poem that “speaks to you” – a poem that makes you feel something – you are going to enjoy sharing it with your audience. There is a display in the library with many poetry books to choose from. You also might find a poem that speaks to you by clicking here. Ms Nucci has put out a poet-tree near the school office where you can pick a poem you like off the tree. There are also poems below that are some of the world's favourite poems that you could choose from - just click on the poem to print.
How do you memorise a poem?
To recite a poem well, it’s important to have it firmly committed to memory. The more you know it, the less nervous you may feel reciting it. Here are some tips for remembering your poem off by heart:
If you need some extra help to memorise your poem there is a website called Memorize Now. You can enter your poem into it and it has a few methods to help you memorise it. Click on the pictures below to see tips on how to use the website. You can access the website here.
How to recite your poem
Before you can recite a poem effectively (once you have learnt it off by heart!) there are some important tips to start with:
- you should like the poem you have chosen, the words and rhythm should appeal to you
- you should understand what the poem means and you should know what all the words in the poem mean
- you should know how to pronounce all the words in the poem
- look up and stand up straight
- take some deep breaths if you are nervous (you know this poem, you've got it!)
- relax your shoulders and hands
- pick a point in the audience to speak to if you are overwhelmed by a large group of people and are not sure where to look
- you may want to use some hand gestures to emphasise the story in the poem (not too many though - it's the words that are most important)
- speak up and pronounce each word clearly
- don't rush it in an effort to get it over with - people really do want to hear the poem
- the tone of your voice is important. Do not recite your poem like you would recite a shopping list. Add flavour to your voice by making it rise and fall, go fast or slow, loud or soft at different points in the poem
POEMS YOU MIGHT LIKE
Click on the poems to see a bigger version and to print: