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August 1, 2019

Poem to Read Aloud: Emily Brontë


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Though famous for giving us "Wuthering Heights," Emily Brontë also wrote 200 poems in her 30 short years. Read one of them out loud this month to improve your public speaking...

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July 1, 2019

Poem to Read Aloud: I Hear America Singing


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When you tire of hearing America shoot off its July 4th fireworks, improve your public speaking (and soothe your jangled nerves) with these lines from one of America's most influential poets.

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June 2, 2019

Poem to Read Aloud: Countee Cullen's Rendezvous


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"Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black, and bid him sing!" Let those famous lines and others from Countee Cullen inspire your public speaking, with this month's poem to read aloud.

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May 1, 2019

A Poem to Read Aloud: This one's for the graduates


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The author of "The Jungle Book" and "Kim" is also the poet whose lines you'll hear at many a graduation ceremony. Even if you're not giving a commencement address, try reading these stanzas aloud to help your public speaking...

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April 1, 2019

Willa Cather's April poems: A Prairie Spring


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Yes, "singing and singing, out of the lips of silence," we're convinced reading poems out loud improves your public speaking. This month, verse from a writer beloved and revered for her novels...

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March 1, 2019

Poetry to Read Aloud: Grimké and 'The Kiss'


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The first African American woman to have her play produced publicly, Angelina Weld Grimké also wrote more than 170 poems, including this month's lines for you to read aloud...

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February 1, 2019

Poetry to Read Aloud: James Weldon Johnson


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Poet, civil rights leader, teacher, diplomat - the incredible James Weldon Johnson even won a prize for oratory as a college student. This month, we offer one of his poems to help your public speaking...

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January 1, 2019

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: E.A. Robinson's Cheevy


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"Miniver cursed the commonplace/And eyed a khaki suit with loathing." Add more color to your public speaking with these lines to read aloud from Edwin Arlington Robinson...

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December 1, 2018

Poetry to Help Your Public Speaking: Joyce Kilmer


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Most famous for the poem "Trees," Joyce Kilmer did much more in his short life, including writing the poem we're featuring this month for your read aloud practice...

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November 1, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: Gwendolyn Brooks


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She was a Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the most influential poets of the 20th century. She's also helping you improve your presentation skills with this month's poem to read aloud...

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October 2, 2018

Poem to Read Aloud: Edgar Allen Poe


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Reading poems out loud can bring more color and drama to your public speaking. Try these lines from a master of creating that certain mood...

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September 1, 2018

A Poem to Help Your Public Speaking: September Midnight


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Like a late-night espresso to awaken even the laziest enunciation, we serve up these lines from poet Sara Teasdale to read aloud...

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August 1, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: Hardy's August Midnight


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Delight Potter fans, bee enthusiasts--and improve your public speaking through attention to cadence and timing--with a little help from Thomas Hardy and this month's poem to read aloud.

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July 5, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: The Traveller-Heart


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His poems were made wildly popular by his spellbinding delivery. Who better to provide this month's poem to real aloud?

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June 4, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: Diction for A June Night


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Her most famous lines are forever connected to the Statue of Liberty. This month's poem to read aloud comes from Emma Lazarus...

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May 1, 2018

Poem to Read Aloud: Edna St. Vincent Millay for May


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Reading poetry out loud is can improve your public speaking. To help your cadence and timing, try these lines from Millay, a poet also known for her dramatic performances...

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April 2, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: Langston Hughes & April Rain


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Reading poetry out loud is one of our favorite ways to improve phrasing, timing and vocal variation. From writer Langston Hughes, some perfect lines for this month....

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March 1, 2018

Poems to Read Aloud: A Wilde Woman for March


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She was better known then as the fired-up, justice-seeking poet Speranza...and better known now as Oscar Wilde's mother. Improve your cadence and vocal projection with these lines from Lady Jane Wilde...

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February 1, 2018

How Reading Poetry Helps a Speaker: Let Us Count the Ways


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Here to help you enhance those dulcet vocal tones, just in time for Valentine's Day: Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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January 1, 2018

Public Speaking Warm-up: January


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His poems about naughty children make us laugh, but for January's read-aloud, we're going with "January."

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December 1, 2017

Read Aloud: Some Brillig Nonsense


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Relieve holiday stress and stretch your public speaking delivery--with Lewis Carroll's verse....

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November 1, 2017

November Read Aloud: Hope, Feathers & Dickinson


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She wrote more than 1,800 poems. Here's one from Emily Dickinson to read aloud.

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October 1, 2017

Better than Pumpkin Spice: October's Read Aloud


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A few lines to help you develop those all-important spooky vocal tones, just in time for Halloween...

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September 1, 2017

Poem to Read Aloud: Hopkins & Sprung Rhythm


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Glory be to God for Gerard Manley Hopkins, who produced one of our favorite poems to read aloud.

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August 1, 2017

A Poem to Read Aloud: Phillis Wheatley


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In August 1761, seven-year-old Phillis Wheatley was purchased as a slave in Boston. She became one of the most renowned poets of her time. Her "Hymn to the Evening" is this month's read aloud.

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July 1, 2017

Kid's-Eye View of Long Summer Days: July's Read-Aloud


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For your poetry practice, we offer lines from Robert Louis Stevenson that remind us of a summer week we spent leading a workshop in Anchorage, Alaska. (And we like this portrait of RLS, painted by John Singer Sargent.)

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June 1, 2017

Summer Rain: A read-aloud poem for June


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She smoked cigars, won the Pulitzer Prize, and took issue with South Carolina's "obscene" shades of magenta: Amy Lowell is the poet for this month's verse to read out loud.

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May 1, 2017

A Shakespeare Sonnet for May's Read Aloud


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"Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May," writes William Shakespeare in Sonnet 18. It's our selection for your May read aloud.

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April 11, 2017

Poems in your Pockets & Verse for Every Month


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Years before there was National Poetry Month, The Buckley School was encouraging students of speaking to read poems aloud. Here's a little more about how you should and--with some help from Bill Murray--why it can even be fun.

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April 1, 2017

A Read Aloud to Make You Chuckle


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Reading poetry out loud can improve your speaking--and when the poet is Ogden Nash, it's also just plain fun. Take a whirl with one of our Nash favorites.

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March 17, 2017

An Irish Poet for March Read Alouds


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The Buckley School has long encouraged speakers to improve their speaking skills by reading poetry out loud. This month, perhaps you'd like to read this poem from Irish poet W.B. Yeats.

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