Systematic Look at Events
This paper examines issues unique to the coaching and oral interpretation of poetry, focusing on the role of prosodic analysis in creating a meaningful interpretation. Contending that current forensic practice produces interpretations that do not value the uniqueness of poetry as a literary genre, this paper proposes a coaching method that encourages the student to examine both prosodic and emotional elements within the selection. A review of literature of oral interpretation textbooks from a variety of time periods is provided, examining the prominence placed on different styles of poetic analysis, and comparing these advocated techniques to current forensic practice. This paper argues that by approaching the performance of poetry in a manner fundamentally different from prose or drama, coaches and students will succeed in meeting a key goal of oral interpretation in forensics: the greater understanding of literature as an art form.
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"The Day the Music Died: Encouraging Prosodic and Emotional Analysis in the Oral Interpretation of Poetry,"
Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events: Vol. 4
, Article 13.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol4/iss1/13