Poetry Performance Tips

Teachers! Students! Poetry lovers!

Lend me your ears!

I’d like to present the first in what I hope will be several videos to help people get on their feet and share poetry out loud. This introductory video is called


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Pass it on!

If you’re so inclined, please share this video with teachers and students who might find it helpful in their own poetic pursuits.

Thank you!

The three video poems used as samples in the tutorial can be found in their entirety here:

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
The Moo-Cow-Moo 

What do I know about poetry performance? 
Before becoming a writer (way before), I got an MFA in acting and directing and then an MA in English Education 7-12. I did theater in one capacity or another for seventeen years, and then spent a few more as a high school teacher of English, theater, and public speaking. For me, performing poetry is a combination of all three of these passions. And I love it! I hope you will, too.


  • Hi, I am doing The Wreck of the Hesperus BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLO and I was wondering if you have any advice or tips that could help me give a great performance. Or the hand motions and voice inflections should I do. Anyways, if you could respond or email back soon that be would be nice!

  • Hi.I am doing o captain my captain by Walt Whitman.I would be glad if you could give me your suggestions on it.Thanks

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