How to Read a Poem Aloud
Part of the Poetry For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Poems are designed to be read aloud — you'll get a better experience and understanding of the whole poem. Try these tips for reading poetry out loud:
Read silently first.
Note surprises and unfamiliar words.
Establish a positive, conversational tone.
Follow the music.
Pause for emphasis.
Treat line endings with care, pausing briefly or raising your tone of voice.
Repeat for best results.