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Experience of Listening to "We Real Cool" and "My Papa's Waltz"

Reading Response: Poetry and Performance

Listen to "We Real Cool" and "My Papa's Waltz". These clips demonstrate the importance of performance, rhythm, and musicality in the poetic form.

Describe your listening experience of one or more of the poems. How did hearing the text(s) recited aloud compare to a silent reading of it/them? Did the performance in any ways add to or detract from your experience of the text? Did the performance change your perception of the poem or its content in any ways? Explain how (or how not). Support your ideas with textual details and analysis. When applicable, address how specific literary techniques and/or devices contributed to your experience?

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Please note that the response is based on your own auditory experience of the poems. Listening will need to happen, because paying attention to your own experience is what will justify a response. There are good recordings of them at these two sites.
- http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15433
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The expert examines the experiences of listening to "We Real Cool" and "My Papa's Waltz".

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