A Night at Poetry in Voice: Appendix 1 - The Poems

Saturday April 16, 2011

Can you add an appendix to a blog post? Ah well, I don't care - if you can't, I'm starting a thing.

Personally, I was almost as curious about what poems the students selected as I was about how they'd interpret them. And I know that if Google had been around when I was teenager and I was participating in Poetry in Voice 2012, I'd be out searching for last year's program.

So, for anyone who's interested (or who's just looking for some poetry recommendations), here are the poems that were recited during the previously blogged about Poetry in Voice 2011 Recitation Finals, in order of presentation:

Round One

  • "I Am" by John Clare (recited by Amelia Druskis)
  • "La vie" by Achille Chavée (Suzanne Alsayed)
  • "Sonnet" by Philippe Desportes (Mélodie Cyr)
  • "I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently" by Edna St. Vincent Millay (Lily MacLeod)
  • "Spleen" by Charles Baudelaire (Spencer Slaney)
  • "The Charge of the Light Bridgade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (David Castillo)
  • "Qu'en avez-vous fait?" by Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (Estera Musiala)
  • "Le crapaud" by Tristan Corbière (Brogan Carruthers)
  • "Le moulin" by Émile Verhaeren (Victoria Campbell)
  • "Gitanjali 35" by Rabindranath Tagore (Malvika Chowdry)
  • "To a Mouse" by Robert Burns (Jonathan Welstead)
  • "Journey of the Magi" by T. S. Eliot (Anna Jiang)

Round Two

  • "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats (Druskis)
  • "It Couldn't Be Done" by Edgar Albert Guest (Alsayed)
  • "Solitude" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (Cyr)
  • "Le pont Mirabeau" by Guillaume Apollinaire (MacLeod)
  • "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll (Slaney)
  • "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning (Castillo)
  • "Chicago" by Carl Sandburg (Musiala)
  • "Confessions" by Robert Browning (Carruthers)
  • "I Am the People, the Mob" by Carl Sandburg (Campbell)
  • "It Couldn't Be Done" by Edgar Albert Guest (Chowdry)
  • "The Windhover" by Gerard Manley Hopkins (Welstead)
  • "L'espirit et l'eau" by Paul Claudel (Jiang)

Final Round

  • "A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General" by Jonathan Swift (Recited by Anna Jiang)
  • "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe (Recited by Spencer Slaney)
  • "Preludes" by T. S. Eliot (Recited by Jonathan Welstead)

So for anyone keeping score, Robert Browning, Carl Sandburg and T.S. Eliot were all called upon twice, and the poem "It Couldn't Be Done" by Edgar Albert Guest got two turns.

All of these poems (and many others) are available on http://www.poetryinvoice.com/, or http://www.lesvoixdelapoesie.com/ for the poems en français.

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