Memorizing poetry stores it in your heart.
Reciting poetry gives your soul to the world.
This contest originally started out as a poetry recitation contest. Over the years, the original rules have been bent and distorted to the point where it is sometimes hard to tell that it is supposed to be a celebration of "greatness" in literature, not a mimicking of a speech seen on TV or in a movie; not a silly comic piece or sing-songing children's story, and not a shallow barrage of clever words set into a story.
I want you to have an experience that will live on in you and for you through as many years as you walk this earth; I want you to remember your words for the power that gives those words timelessness. I want to get back to the purity of the original source and lifeblood of the WW Fenn contest.
If you need some sources, start here: (I'll post more tonight)
- Poemminer: this is my site with a bunch of my favorite poems.
- Poemhunter: this site has about every good poem on the planet.
- Bartleby.com: this site has literature of all sorts
- Great Passages: this site has super-meaningful quotes from literature, but you will need to go find the full passage on your own--but it will probably be worth it!
- You may choose a poem, ballad, or a passage from a longer piece of classic or singularly great literature, which includes: novels, short stories, or essays; moreover, you may choose to recite a traditional myth or cultural story.
- The piece must be at least two minutes long and not more than four minutes. Less than two minutes cannot receive an A.
- Find a piece and post the words on your blog with a short reflection about "why" you choose your piece.
- Learn a portion of your piece each night, so that you can practice more in class and receive the feedback you need to do the best you can.
- Your grade will be based on the quality of the piece you choose.
- Your performance in front of the class.
- A podcast or video of your piece posted on your blog.
- On a personal narrative essay you will write after your performance is completed.
- On the feedback you give to your classmates.