When poetry is read aloud, delivery is all.
Booming cavernous tones denote
a poet too much up himself.
Remember the Edith Sitwell sound
destroying the poetry with drama
and ominous falling cadence?
Do you enjoy Michael Rosen
enjoying his mother’s chocolate cake
with real excitement?
Or the soft gentle tones of
Andrew Motion, evoking
the mood of yesteryear?
Or the onomatopoeic rhythm of
the Night Mail taking us all on a journey
to deliver the cheque and the postal order?

Miz Quickly’s prompt today  “Deliverysent my thoughts in the direction of various readings, solemn, lyrical or comic.  Here are some examples:  Edith Sitwell,  past Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, past laureate Andrew Motion , or the much-loved Night Mail of WH Auden, read by John Grierson



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16 Responses to STAND AND DELIVER

  1. Ah, agree and poems should have the imagery of sound, the aural sense that T S Eliot discusses.

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  2. Jo Woolf says:

    Love this, Viv. “Booming cavernous tones denote / a poet too much up himself.” You say it like it is!

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  3. julespaige says:

    I was thinking of going ‘postal’ – I think you did just fine. 🙂
    Now I might just have to go and look up your poets too.

    (Oh, I had trouble visiting a site and getting back to Q’s place so maybe it was a WP mishap?)

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  4. katechiconi says:

    I don’t think poets should be allowed to deliver their own work, it nearly always becomes far too portentious and distracting from what is being said! One of my favourite deliveries is still Anthony Hopkins reading He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven in the film ’84 Charing Cross Road’. Done quietly, beautifully and with real meaning:

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  5. Wonderful, Viv. Loved this lesson and went straight to hear them all. Thanks

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  6. Thank you for these references. I’ve not heard much poetry, so this will be a chance to expand my experiences.
    “Chocolate Cake seems the best place to start on this adventure into spoken rhyme,” she smiled.


  7. You make such an important point. It’s not easy to find the balance between presenting the poem and interfering with the meaning by promoting the self. There are always lessons to be found in your writing.


  8. barbcrary says:

    Wonderful use of the prompt, Viv. I want to go and see all of these right now.

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  9. Misky says:

    Love.Love.Love “Chocolate Cake”! Just watched the video – such fun.

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