332 How to Present a Poem to the Class
OUTSIDE OF CLASS:
the poem, discuss it with your group, and explicate (analyze)
that it's very important to specify the principal theme or atmosphere
of the poem and to support your thesis statement. Depending
on which poem you analyze, you will find that different aspects
of the poem are more or less essential to your analysis; but
don't forget to consider scansion, rhythm, rhyme, images, narration
(if any), atmosphere, emotions, etc. Speak about the poet if
necessary; but don't repeat the information in the text, and
don't give the poet's biography. Discuss the poem and your ideas
with your teammates; feel free to write the presentation together
or to write parts of it individually, as you prefer.
the work of the oral presentation.
your group, decide who will present which part. Create as imaginative
a presentation as you like.
your presentation to be certain that it's clear.
group will have 30 minutes to present your analysis. Be
sure not to read your presentation to the class; remember that
you're speaking to your colleagues.
the beginning of class, write on the board the vocabulary that you
expect others won't know.
and explain these words before beginning your presentation.
certainly best to memorize the poem. In any case, you need to
present the poem in a way that immediately indicates your interpretation
of it. You might use music or pictures, for example. Use your
analysis of the poem to decide what changes of voice are necessary,
and practice your poem presentation out loud several times. I
recommend that you record and analyze it before doing it in class.
in advance how you will orchestrate your presentation, and remember
not to read it.
open to questions and new interpretations that will help you improve
your final, written analysis.
up to you, as group presenters, to entertain questions and lead
the discussion. I'm part of the audience, as are the other students.
We'll spend the entire class discussing each poem.