Techniques for Reading poetry aloud

Poetry is usually about wisdom. Having formed your poem, you need to appreciate it by reading it aloud. This is the best time to enjoy the music built in the poem and its rhythm and rhymes.

Reading the poem aloud will help you find its meaning and mood. These are the most important things to bring out by emphasizing its meaning and mood, avoid sing song reading so that you should not lose its beat of the rhythm constructed into the poem. Below here suggests some techniques for reading aloud the poem

-Read the poem silently for meaning and mood
-Learn the meaning and pronunciation of unfarmiliar words or expressions
-Say the poem to yourself bring out the meaning and feeling
-Bring out the natural rhythm of lines, but do not read in a sing song voice
-Say the poem to others. Speak in such away that they will understand the meaning
-See the word picture and feel the mood
You should also look for
(a) change in tone
(b) repeated words
(c) contrast
(d) words that are poet, though no word is more poetic than another word
(e) Figure of speech like
-smile
-metaphor
-conceit
-symbol
-paradox
-ambiguity
-image

Below is the poem, try out to read it aloud.

FALLING INTO LIPS
On the time line the sky clears
Merry, merry it does in the land
Memories of the spider web cries
Falling snows in paved isles rain
Isles of water way in merry, merry

Broom are tit birds in reds
They sing merry, merry messeges
Restless whistles stand in seed beds
Falling like water drops are messengers
Footprints re-echoe and jump in merry, merry

Will the garden accept one tree
That merry, merry will hold the sounds
In the planted sheet orchard are the clips
In the merry, merry lips builds are found
The stars of carefreeness in the garden

Will the birds allow to go through the cliff
That the seated nature will overcome the greed
And hear the golded bells of lips
And fall into eternal peace within brims
Under the sweet berry of natured spurs

what is the tone or texture of the poem? Does it have anice mood? And what does it mean to the real world? Would you want to know more about poetry, use the above notes, this edition has all the quality at hand. Thus how we read the poem aloud.

Now into music couplets and poetry

Poetry has to be successfully put in lines. But some are not, however. So couplets are two lines that rhyme. Here is an example

By the time I stretch my needs
By the time I take hold of that deeds

The lines above were really fit to be musical couplets, especially thse words on ends.

Needs
Deeds

Music couplets are two successful lines in a poem that are rhymed.

Look at this verse taken from the title ” Willow and Ginkgo”

The willow is like an etching,
Fine-lined against the sky.
The ginkgo is like a crude sketch,
Hardly worthy to be signed.
………….by Eve Merriam

The verse has four lines but the type of couplets are enterlaced.
There a number of ways how poets present their poems in couplets styles, but the well known are interlaced and the normal two successful lines following each other.

Couplets are musical instruments fed in the poem. These bring out the musical characteristics put in rhymed order. You would develop a poem now, wouldn’t you? Take heed and develope yours with such musical couplets.

Meaning Discovery in Poetry

Poems or poetry in general is abit like puzzles; they are moving pictures that you can not easily identify their meanings. However, in this edition that is simple again. There are a number of ways of finding the meaning of the poem. Here are some of them

-Find the poem and read it closely
-Take a paper and a pen, and write all difficult words or expressions.
-When writing you should make sure that the paper is divided into two parts. One for meaning and another part for expressions or difficult words
-Think over those words or expressions by taking each at a time
– Note that the Dictionary and other reference books will help you too, since some of the words meanings will be found through them
-Having discovered the meanings of such words or expressions, now it is easy to identify what is being talked about in the poem. This is how the meaning is discovered
-Finally, fix all the registers of each picture discovered by summerising your suggestions of meaning in a prose form

Down here is apoem, have a good look at it and try out your nice luck.

A LAPSE OF MY MEMORY
This mirror of mine, this one
A brain master in such colors day by day
I call it a great mixture of blue lens
My ultra violet rays, my radiator
That drains, not drains of a ground water
With a table laid on a regulator
It does rise the master weaver to the moon
And sun gaining, not gaining its lights inside
Of the talkable intelligence loom
While nights bow, and bends down with books
And sweeps, sweeps, sweeps its loops
To be there fed, fed like a little child
The bulk container of the intermediate milds
When it lapses its mint and leak
And the master memory flips a substancial meek
And lapses, lapses its screen and gulps
Especially alittle memory set up in the gap
And relax! break! its colleague shouts
To find, bring order by command of fight
Brain, the master of coloring day by day

What is the meaning of this poem? Do as instructed above to discover its meaning. Remember that poetry is all about word picture and other additives which create the puzzle game inside.

Butterfly in the House

Beauty is like a butterfly
It flies into the house
And get out of a natural sky
That buzzes from the hassles
And settles down in the
living room

It carries sediments on its wings
 And at half cast it spreads
And flag out of internal winds
 Of a packet data of life
squirmed into netted bag

The air takes a lead in the house
And flies again within corners
While eyelets lights pages
And zoom maps of the curved image
Of the butterfly of the colored house

If gazes were a little more kept
In the house, the beauty remains
As lives smoke winds of the light
In the house of crossing rivers of life
 In the scents of a butterfly

Oh! There you’re at last

Oh! There you’re at last
I sing when I remember about our past
That was the time I was heart driven
When I was searching for you, my blossom

CHORUS
‘O’ there you’re at last
I sing when I slid in our past
That was when I was searching
 For you, my true hearken sheath’

This is new to me
I suffer strange disease
 The disease of hymn love

And I sing about you
You’re so bright, sparkling, sparkling
That you tend to be part of thee
blazing knife
Breaking my heart apart

I sing this song as I roll in moods
When you’re away
O’ this is extreme new
I need you my sweet heart
I look for you as my final kiss
Of a big hole lying last at the bottom
Of a lake of tears
 Uncried

When you deliberately separate yourself
All from me is lonely
Then I keep searching and ask my self
 Many unusual questions

When do you think I will go?
O’ darling
 Oh, babbie you mean great to me
And then I try to seek you
You’re not lost

There you’re at last
I sing of you when you’re found
My eyes becoming dry again
While my soul overflows with joy
 O’ babbie I love you
 I love this thy name

Paul Mwenelupembe

Humor Discovery in Poetry

Humor can be defined as the ability to see when something is funny and laugh at things. It may keep some-one happy by doing what he/she wants.

Some poems are written just for fun. They do not carry any important message. They are indeed set only to keep people amused that is to say laugh or walk along with it since it executes enjoyment. Below is the poem entitled Karongan Winds

Ouch, karongan winds are worse
O’ they blow from east to west
O’ they blow from south to north
Oh, they blow from ups and downs

Ouch, Karongan winds are course
O’ they move houses
O’ they move roads
Oh, they move highlands

Ouch, Karongan winds are young
O’ they have moons on their heads
O’ they have sparsely hoes in their mouths
Oh, such are indeed winds

Ouch, Karongan winds are young
O’ they swiftly catch lessons
O’ they swiftly catch fish
Oh, they swiftly get rich

O! That’s Karongan winds do
To spray and spoil the broth

The poem above is written just for fun. You can see what Karongan winds do by spoiling its broth. Isn’t this beautiful? Look at these words: ouch, Oh, Broth… Many to mention, all those words drive at humour of the poem.