Prepared Reading Blog (“Truth” By Gwendolyn Brooks)

           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.  

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One thought on “Prepared Reading Blog (“Truth” By Gwendolyn Brooks)

  1. You delivered the poem at a regular pace, with a somewhat ominous tone that was well suited to the prayer-like quality of the poem. Some of the repeated phrases at the end could have been emphasized a bit more. You did a good job at pointing out some of the overarching metaphors (sun and shade). Generally speaking, while I agree that the “message” of the poem can be read in a universal light, I would prefer to hear more about how the familiar theme is carried through this particular poem and/or Brooks’ body of work.

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