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 “Delivery” sent 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