I chose to present the poem “Night” because it’s simplistic title caught my attention and I liked the imagery of the poem. While preparing for the oral reading of “Night”, the poetic devices that Bogan uses were the first things that I focused on. Epizeuxis was one of the most significant features of the poem so in my reading, I emphasized the words “breathe” and “drink” more than others. In addition to this, deciding when and how long to pause at the end of each line factored into my preparation; the poem is only end-stopped at the end of each stanza, with the rest of the lines having enjambment. Pausing too long would have broken the flow of the poem; however the enjambment necessitates some pausing at the end of lines. Preparing for an oral reading of a poem allowed me to notice things I normally wouldn’t; the sounds of the words and the progression from line to line are extremely important. I also found that reading a poem out loud draws more attention to its poetic devices. My presentation could have been improved with more memorization of the poem; I had gotten slightly nervous and had to glance at my book very often, which made maintaining eye contact with the class difficult. I also would have emphasized the “s” sounds in the poem; there is a lot of sibilance throughout the poem that I hadn’t noticed at first.