Going into this assignment I did not know what to expect. I was never a fan of public speaking, so I chose a poem that would cause the least amount of stress possible. I decided to read the poem “Truth” by Gwendolyn Brooks. When presenting “Truth, I made sure to emphasize the questions that were asked in the poem by reading them in a different tone of voice. I thought this was very important because Brooks used those questions to help engage the reader and make them feel as though she was directly addressing them. In retrospect, I feel as though I rushed through the poem, instead of taking my time and utilizing dramatic pauses, which definitely hurt my performance. Rather than focusing on common poetic terms, like meter and rhyme scheme, I felt it was important to illustrate the main message of the poem to the class. I believe her message was the truth hurts, but to grow as a person you must learn from it and evolve into a better human being. I used this tactic because I felt most people in the class could relate to the message Brooks was trying to get across.