O Captain! My Captain!
Dramatic Reading (p. 782)
Present a dramatic reading of "O Captain! My Captain!" Emphasize the rhyme and rhythm of the words, and explain their meaning. Pay attention to repeated words and phrases. Before you perform your poem, rehearse it several times so you will feel confident when you give the public reading. Here are some suggestions to make your practicing more effective.
- Practice in front of a mirror. Watch yourself to see if you make eye contact regularly.
- Get a second opinion. After you have read it a few times to yourself, perform it for a relative or a friend and ask them to give you some suggestions.
- Experiment with reading styles. Try reading certain lines at a different pace or emphasizing different words to see how it affects the interpretation. Be sure to settle on a final delivery and practice it a few times, however, so you're not still experimenting when you perform in front of the class.
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