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Poetry Out Loud Paperback – January 11, 1995

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"A timeless selection...each poem, read out loud, reverberates in the reader." -- Writer's Digest

A timeless selection . . . Each poem, read aloud, reverberates in the reader. -- Writer's Digest

About the Author

Robert Alden Rubin holds an M.A. in creative writing from Hollins College. He worked as a journalist and a college English instructor at the University of North Carolina and was an editor for Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. His books include Poetry Out Loud and On the Beaten Path: An Appalachian Pilgrimage. He lives in Sykesville, Maryland, with his wife.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (January 11, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565121228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565121225
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Anyone who likes to recite poetry out loud or get others to recite it will find this collection of 100 poems a special treat. It is attractively laid out in a square page shape--the height of a regular paperback, but a little wider. On every page there are interesting notes about the poem in the margin--everythng from how it ties in with oral storytelling and poetic traditions to the use of rhythm, rhyme meter, and language, The user friendly notes zero in especially on aspects of the poem that are important for oral delivery without bogging down the reader. The poem lines are double-spaced for easy reading. The selection of poems ranges from childhood rhymes to literary classics by such poets as Lewis Caroll, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Ogden Nash, and Rudyard Kipling. The styles include love poems, limericks, elegies, raps, ballads, and more; from Middle English to free verse, sonnets to satires, nonsense poetry to formalism, there is something to fit every budding poet's tastes. Even if you don't plan to use the poems for oral reading, the margin notes help you to appreciate the poems more fully in their use of language, sound, and literary traditions. To quote James Earl Jones in the introduction to the book, "In this "burst of verses," you will find fun and sorrow, stories and songs, whimsy and majesty." And a chance to explore how to bring them to life out loud.
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There are a lot of poems in here. I was looking for rhyming poems and was not disappointed. However they are not familiar poems and I find a few hard to read out loud, but there are tips and suggestions so I expect with time I will master them all.
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Format: Hardcover
I teach public speaking. When coaching participants, the first thing I have to address is “fear.” For the most part, folks are afraid of making a fool of themselves! One of the best ways to break through that fear is with humor. And so one the exercise I put them through is reading aloud poetry. It’s an effective technique for a four reasons.

First, it taps in to childhood memories. Second, people don’t have to write anything – the words are there. Third, people can lose themselves in the poetry, lose their self-consciousness and just have fun with the poem. Finally, people learn how to “play” with words, inflection and gestures through the help of poetry.

For my purposes, this is a great collection!
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