Many people think it's hard to read poems to the audience. After all, it's just a word on a page. Most people's fear of publicity comes from not knowing what to say, and by reading poems out loud, there's been there for you! So reading poems in public must be easy-correct?
You can actually read poems a lot and it can be very difficult to do it well. It's like reading music for instruments: all the information needed to perform is in front of you, but how you choose to introduce and perform it is completely up to you. Of course, in this case, the device is your own voice, so the decisions you need to refer to the tempo, tone, speed and focus you use in the explanation of the poem.
Invaluable advice if you are going to read a poem to someone is to practice well in advance. You can either be in front of a mirror or you can record a camera or microphone. Practicing gives you an opportunity to evaluate your performance and see what you want and do not like it. It also gives you the opportunity to search for strange words or phrases so that they do not shed your strength in the midst of your performance.
When practicing and anytime, it's important to talk slowly. If you experience nervousness or trouble, you start to talk faster without realizing it. Once you've set up a comfortable fast speed, you might want to try to speed up or slow down certain sections of the poem to match the tone in those ways. For example, you could rush on exciting or frenzied things, and slow down for solemn or reflective sections. Just make sure you practice and talk slowly so that you get well with your reading.
It's also important to familiarize yourself with the voice. Just like rhythm, when they're nervous, people start talking more and more quietly without realizing they're doing it. Create yourself, breathe deeply and try to rob your voice right back to the size of your room's performance.
Most people are taught at school or college to always pause at the end of each line when they read poems out loud. However, this is not always the best way, especially with modern poetry. Of course, if a line ends in a period, comma or other punctuation mark, it is always a regular pause. But if one line flows directly into the next (called "enjambment" by scholars), you are free to try to read from one line to another without interrupting. This can give a novel a more dynamic and natural feeling and can survive even a very traditional or well-known poem. Of course, if you're more comfortable with a traditional reading style, it's equally acceptable to take a short break at the end of each line.
With older poems, you will sometimes need to make changes to your reading to allow for differences in meaning, pronunciation, or spelling that has evolved over time. This is especially important for poems written with a rhyming structure, where words that ringed when the poem was written may no longer do it in modern pronunciation. There are two options: First, simply judging the words in modern fashion and allowing the ripple to break slightly; Secondly, for wonderful artists, trying to recite all the work in accent or dialect as it was originally written. Be wary, though: For some poets (Scottish poet Robert Burns discusses this), this is not a small project.
If you follow these simple tips, the poem has read very well no matter what type or period the poem you have chosen to read is from.