Serious Poetry Interpretation
Poetry is literature that is written with descriptive phrasing and visual imagery. It often relays a poignant message about life. In this category, you will interpret powerful poetry for an audience using gesturing, vocal variation, and expression.
Official Rules - 2013
- Serious Poetry Interpretation uses any published poetry selection, including novels in verse, with literary merit and appropriate to the reader. Serious dramatic literature written in verse, such as a tragedy by Shakespeare, is considered "Serious Drama" rather than "Serous Poetry." The mood of the cutting must be essentially serious. Selections for poetry may include one poem or several poems.
- The student should be judged on ability to get and give meaning through the use of vocal and bodily expression. Poise, vocal and physical delivery, and appropriateness of the selection to the interpreter should be considered.
- A copy of the script must be filed with the Contest Manager before each contest. Updated copies of the script must be submitted at Subsection, Section, and State levels.
- The use of a script is optional, provided it is not used as a prop.
- THE MAXIMUM TIME OF PRESENTATION, INCLUDING THE REQUIRED INTRODUCTION, IS EIGHT (8) MINUTES. NO GRACE PERIOD IS PROVIDED IN THIS EVENT.
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