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Cultivating a Pleasant Speaking Voice

When teaching the art of recitation or rhetoric, we sometimes forget to teach one element essential for confident presentation: a pleasant, well-modulated speaking voice. A timid, squeaky, mumbling, or breathy voice is not only be tiring to use, but can be a social and business liability. Here are a few ideas for cultivating a pleasant, well-modulated speaking voice. Continue reading

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Robert Frost Resources

Robert Frost Resources Robert Lee Frost (1874 – 1963) was a highly-regarded American poet known for realistic depictions of New England rural life as well as his use of American colloquial speech. His work used homespun themes to explore complex philosophical ideas. Frost … Continue reading

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Richard Austin Recites Hopkins’ Poetry

Richard Austin Recites Hopkins’ Poetry Richard Austin grew up in the same corner of England as Gerard Manley Hopkins. Thus blessed with the correct native accent, he now recites Hopkins’ poetry all over the world. Austin discovered this poetry as … Continue reading

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World Literature Videos

Videos referenced in World Literature (E5): Unit 1 Ancient Greek Music – Macedonia Unit 2 Antigone on stage Unit 3 Roman Water Wheel, London Museum Roman Weapons Unit 4 Recitation of Dante’s Inferno (5th canto) in the original Italian 1911 … Continue reading

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Recitation of Dante’s Inferno by Roberto Benigni

Watch a brief video of Roberto Benigni reciting the fifth canto of Dante’s Inferno in the original Italian. It will allow you to appreciate the beauty of the language and rhythm of the poem. Other World Literature (E5) videos

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How to Read Poetry Aloud

The old-fashioned art of recitation has almost been lost, but I believe it’s one of the essential communication skills. Recitation not only improves elocution (the skill of clear, expressive speech), but also sharpens memory and deepens understanding of the work that … Continue reading

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