Question by Tayy Bayy Bayy: Any ideas for an Oral Interpretation speech?
I need a long poem, or short story, monologue or speech, that I can use for Oral Interpretation. If you have any ideas, let me know! Thanks!
Answer by norcekri
One of my profs did some research on Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, and came up with a darker way to read the poem.It seems that Frost had just asked his lady’s father for permission to marry; her father turned him down flat, since a poet cannot provide a stable income for raising a family. The father was a well-to-do gentleman who owned some large tracts of cropland and forest — one of which is ostensibly the site of the poem.The rancor of the poem is the contrast between Frost’s angry resolve to make a living at writing, and her father’s life of leisure. The father lives in a lovely home in the village; Frost lives outside town in a cottage or cabin. The father has few obligations; Frost has “promises to keep — and MILES to go before *I* sleep” (the father can go to bed whenever he likes).Get the idea? It’s a spin that your teacher might not have heard. In any case, it’s almost certainly a sneering delivery that you didn’t get from anyone who read it to you in grade school.
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