English Poetry Recitation Competition
There is no surer way to possess a poem or a piece of oratory than to be able to recite it with a full consciousness of what the words mean and what their effect has been and might be. A poem is not just exposition or narration. It’s a piece of art, and it’s all about the experience. The English Literary Society at LGS 1A/1 brings you the English Poetry Recitation Competition at the annual Grammathon. Participants will be given two topics prior to the competition, and their poem must be related to ONE of the given topics.
Below are the themes for the english poetry recitation. participants can choose any one of the themes and can draw inspiration from it for a poem that they want to recite.
. For each man kills the thing he loves.
Yet each man does not die
The Ballad Of Reading Gaol - Oscar Wilde
. And then I knew that she was helplessly old,
As I was helplessly young.
Childhood - Frances Cornford
The menacing scarred slope; and, one by one,
Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire.
The barrage roars and lifts. Then, clumsily bowed
With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear,
Men jostle and climb to meet the bristling fire.
Attack - Siegfried Sassoon
Participants MUST email a copy of their poem along with the name of the poet, their own name and the name of the school they are representing to the English Literary Society president as soon as they register to firstname.lastname@example.org
Only English poems may be recited.
Each participant will have a maximum of 4 minutes for the recitation.
Participants are not required to memorize the poem.
You may recite a poem you have written yourself.
You must participate through your school.
Each school can send as many participants as they like. However, participants from the same schools will not be accommodated as a team. They will compete separately.
Participants will not be allowed to use props.
You will be provided microphones.
On stage, you will be required to mention the name of the poem and the name of the poet.
You will be judged on:
- Physical Presence: This category is to evaluate the physical nature of the recitation, considering your eye contact, body language, and poise.
- Voice and Articulation: This category is to evaluate the auditory nature of the recitation. Your volume, pace, rhythm, intonation, and proper pronunciation will also be judged.
Evidence of Understanding: This category is to evaluate whether the competitor exhibits an understanding of the poem in his or her recitation.
- Selection of Poem and the Level of Difficulty
Overall Performance: This category is to evaluate the overall success of the performance, the degree to which the recitation has become more than the sum of its parts.
FAQs English Poetry Recitation Competition
- The poem I want to recite is not related to the topics given. What do I do?
In this case, you will need to find another poem to recite because you must stick to the topics given.
- Can I write the poem myself?
Yes, you may. You can recite a poem written by you or somebody you know, but you must mention the name of the poet.
- When do I need to email the name of the poet and the name of the poem I’m reciting to the English Literary Society president?
You must do this as soon as you register.
4. In what order will the participants be called upon to recite their respective poems?
Whoever registers first, will be called on to the stage to recite their poetry first.
- Will I be penalized for not memorizing the poem?
No, you will not. However, it is always advisable to memorize the poem, as eye contact with the audience is essential while reciting poetry. Nevertheless, you will be allowed to carry a copy of the poem you are reciting with you.
- Will marks be deducted if I read from the paper or glance at the paper while reciting the poem?
This depends entirely on the judges. However, you will not be penalized for glancing at the paper once in a while. Entirely reading your poem from the paper will definitely result in deduction of marks.
- How will I be judged?
The judgment criteria have been mentioned along with the rules.
- How do I select my poem?
Look at both the topic that will be given to you and put a lot of thought into the selection procedure. If you think a poem you like fits one of the given topics, you should recite that one.
- When will the topics be given?
Two weeks prior to the competition.
For further queries, feel free to send an email on email@example.com.
English Literature Society President