New addition – poetry video

Listen and read at the same time. The best kind of language practice, if you want to improve your speaking and listening.

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Click on the links to listen to me reading the poems and read the text at the same time.

9 thoughts on “New addition – poetry video”

  1. Thank you so much for giving us some poetry videos.
    I really respect for your great idea.
    As you said I was reading aloud the poems as following you several times,and gradually I could follow you rhythmically.
    I am so happy to learn them by myself whenever I can.
    Thanks a lot, again.

  2. This is a very effective method for us to practice poem’s beats and rhythm. I feel having become pretty used to reading poems aloud, with beats and rhythm, or iambic and trochee. Thank you again.

  3. Thank you so much for the wonderful videoes. The sound of your reading makes my imagine deeper than just reading to myself, silently. I would like to imitate many times to improve my English.

  4. What a nice and cool and effective practicing tool you made! Since the sound has a great power, besides reaching us listeners directly, which makes the poems sound nicer and makes us practice better and easier.

  5. Great videos! On happiness, feet are short and it’s easy to recognize which is trochee(DUM-da)and iambic(da-DUM). On Buckingham Palace, every stanza has four lines and the former two have the same rhythm, and the latter lines, same length as the former two, are smoother and have irregular rhythm. These verses look relatively simple but to read aloud correctly isn’t a piece of cake.

  6. Thanks for the video. I think and feel poems get animated and more evocative when read aloud. In the first poem, children wearing waterproof items are playing in the rain, jumping the puddles or splashing water. This scene unfolds before my eyes while listening to you. In the second poem, it’s very kind of you to mark the lines which you’re reading. It’s easire to follow.

    This joy of learning English poetry made my struggle with English worthwhile because charms of the language get lost in translation.

    Incidentally, I hated Classical Chinese (漢文)when I was a high school student, but I remember how much I loved to hear the beautiful sounds of Classical Chinese poetry when my teacher read it aloud.

    1. Acorn makes an interesting point: “I remember how much I loved to hear the beautiful sounds of Classical Chinese poetry when my teacher read it aloud.” I plan to discuss about the power of poetry when it is read aloud next time. I seem to remember that in Japanese culture there is something called “kotodama”. I know 2 people who studied this art. Both were practitioners of Aikido, and one discovered a way to throw people without touching them, just be saying certain sounds.

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