How to connect with your Poem

3 Mar

With all the work we have been doing on our poems after the past few months, a few of us are feeling a bit disconnected with what they are really about. On Friday Anne got us to really have a good think about our poems and reconnect with them. The closer we feel to what we’re saying, the more likely it is that our personalities and thoughts will shine through.

So, when trying to connect with the essence of your poem, ask yourself these questions:

1)      Who is the character in your poem?

2)      How old is he/she?

3)      What is their favourite item of clothing?

4)      What item does he/she always carry in his/her pocket?

5)      What is his/her special talent/skill?

6)      What is his/her greatest fear?

7)      What is his/her greatest hope?

8)      Who is your character talking to?

9)      What does the addressee look like?

10)   How old are they?

11)   What is the one thing that they couldn’t live without?

12)   Why are they here?

Then we practiced saying our poems to each other in as conversational a way as possible, pretending that we were just chatting in a café. This was a useful exercise because:

1)      It helped us to relax into our poems a bit more

2)      Made us realise how well we had actually memorised them

3)      Helped to make us realise when we were slipping into our “poetry voices”

4)      Practicing making it flow in a more natural, entertaining way

5)      Practiced eye contact and body language whilst performing

6)      Feedback!

Now, in the run up to the show, the best thing to be doing in preparation is to practice saying the poem as many times as possible. I have been performing mine to my reflection quite a bit but have also found saying it to lots of different people a good way of getting the feel for the words. This is both an excellent way of procrastinating from school/Uni work and in building up my confidence.

Good luck everyone!

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One Response to “How to connect with your Poem”

  1. erinmarie1994 April 30, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Reblogged this on Poetry Phenomenon and commented:
    This is really helpful exercise, clearly planning out the structure a poem with questions works really well in creating a direction for a poem.

    Preforming is always quite a big deal to the majority of artists so by practicing by conversing the poem, sounds like a great way to remember line as well as acting like the audience are people you know.

    This sounds perfect for beginners as well as those that want to brush up on their poetry skills. Awesome stuff!

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