Cloudy Day Art #80 – Tips for Reading Poetry Aloud with Don from


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Have you been looking for ways to effectively improve your performance when reading your poetry at an open mic? Or, have you wanted to submit an audio file of yourself reading or reciting a poem to an online website, but not happy with the recorded result? Well, this is the poetry podcast episode for you!

Don, the host of the poetry podcast ““, shares his tips for reading poetry aloud. They include:

  • Be sure to give the poem the meaning you understand and feel.
  • If you feel something strongly, don’t be afraid to let that show.
  • Learn the importance of breath control
  • Diction – It’s crucial to hear the beginning and ending of each word
  • Read other people’s poetry aloud
  • Don’t be afraid of your own voice
  • Listen to actors reading poetry

Links mentioned:

– Don’s Podcast

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Will Brown

Will Brown is a poet, blogger, and a scanner of all things new. He also currently blogs at Help Desk Helps where he discusses tips and issues affecting the help desk professional.

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  1. Julian in London says:

    Very interesting podcast, personally I much prefer Don’s style of reading poetry to the Slam Idol style. It’s a question of taste but I think we have to begin to draw a line between poetry and music.
    Once again thanks for such an interesting podcast, I also find Dulce et Decorum Est a very moving piece. Furthermore it is FANTASTIC to find poetry on a poetry podcast that is not contemporary.

  2. Will…Wonderful podcast and I certainly enjoyed the kind words about my blog!

  3. *Julian, it is indeed a question of taste. I don’t know if we need to draw a line between poetry and music, but I believe that in pieces where poetry and music is mixed that sometimes the music becomes more important to the listener.

    It’s a problem that is very familiar to a lot of commercial hip-hop — you take away the music and the lyrics are absolutely ludicrous (pun intended).

    Truthfully I’m not that familiar with “Dulce et Decorum Est”, but I’m going to check it out after I post this.

    *Joey, thanks for the comment and thanks for blogging about poetry!

  4. //I think we have to begin to draw a line between poetry and music.//

    I don’t know if we “need” that, but it certainly can be done, and for good reasons.

    Too bad my Internet connection doesn’t allow me to download sounds or videos (I’m on dial-up, in Armenia).

    Nice blog!

  5. Thank you for your podcast. Though I do not consider myself a poet, I have been told that I am okay. [I hate to truly highlight myself] I studied a lot of poetry in college for I was an English major and the tips offered here for reading poetry are so true. I found my writing voice in poetry studying a lot of Langston Hughes and Nikki Giovanni. Great poetry to read out loud and perform too! Great blog!

  6. I do understand youe advice and do appreciate it,I speak openly as a poet

  7. Thanks for your inspiring words but we got to understand that people view and understand poetry in different ways and we have to respect their views thaks


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