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Comment 1 of 51, added on October 27th, 2004 at 7:14 PM.
I love reading this piece out loud. In a church setting it has rarely been
heard by most of the audience. My way of reading it is to start out in
verse one slowly and thoughtfully. Verses two and three become the
quickest, line 7 being the fastest and line 10 not being far behind. Those
two lists of ____ and ____ and... let you deal with each word as an
emotional power point. Get some body language in there. raising your arms
higher with each word is one way of emphasizing the build up. The rest of
the poem is a slow down again until you are reading the last verse
similarly to the first. However, the last verse is one of quiet strength
and should sound that way. Again, watch that body language. Straighten
your spine. If you're standing behind something, consider finishing from
memory, or take the book in hand, and step closer to the audience.
from United States
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