Reading Poetry

Reading poetry aloud can be difficult since the reader must “render the text so that it can be both comprehended (sense) and appreciated as verse (sound)” by the audience. A proper reading can be achieved by adding stresses to certain words that are more important to the tone and meaning of the poem, or by varying the degree of subtlety when stressing certain words. This can also be accomplished by adding or lengthening pauses that would not appear in everyday speech, or by eliminating or shortening pauses that would appear in everyday speech, to even out the rhythm of the poem and add emphasis.