Short Note on Recitation and Poetry Out Loud.

Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States wrote:

“If a poem is written well, it was written with the poet’s voice and for a voice.  Reading a poem silently instead of saying a poem is like the difference between staring at sheet music and actually humming or playing the music on an instrument.”

So true. That is why I believe recitation is such an important part of learning to appreciate poetry. And so does the National Endowment for the Arts, as seen in their sponsorship of Poetry Out Loud…an awesome program where students choose poems and compete by reciting them. More schools should participate.

Including preschools…

3-Year old Isabella reciting The Elf and the Doormouse.

CAN YOU HONESTLY WATCH THAT WITHOUT SMILING THROUGH THE ENTIRE THING???

:):):):):)

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