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In a month's time, I'm heading to Bath for an Acting/Presentation Skills course. The only requirement they have is that we bring a poem to read.. Given that I already know the first two verses, I did wonder if possibly The Raven would be a good one, in spite of its length (I could cut that down a bit).

I mean seriously, I'm not really one for poetry as such, and some of the shit you see on the Underground that's presumably meant to inspire commuters is just absolute rubbish.. But you can't deny that the dark themes and most excellent rhyming patterns of The Raven are just damn near perfect..
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door
This it is, and nothing more'
To me, that is awesome. And very much something I'd like to perform, even if my voice isn't as good as James Earl Jones (Simpsons references are, I'm afraid, obligatory). One could perform a very theatrical and dramatic reading of that, I think..

I mean, it's either that or Shakespeare.. I used to know the All the World's a Stage soliloquy from As You Like It, I'm sure it couldn't be too difficult to re-learn, and that must surely count as a poem, especially since it's an acting class.

I mean, it's either that, or a dirty rhyme.. And nobody would thank me for trying to play class clown... Unless somebody has a better suggestion?

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I'd let you borrow my WCW book(s) but you live across a very large body of water.

I think you should prepare both, if not a third one as well, just in case a few people stand up before you and do the same one. That would be annoying if you only had one prepared.

Pfft, you clearly don't understand me..

If people have already stood up and performed my poem, then I shall simply stand up and perform it better, thus showing them up to be the ineffectual cretins that they really are.

Okay, possibly not quite in those words. But I have no fear of somebody doing the same one as me and feeling like I have to compete with their rendition. That is not a concern :o)

Fair enough ;) Good luck at the poetry slam!

You know when rappers have their funny little word-fights?

That's how I'm going to approach this exercise.

That's what I was imagining in my head :) Don't forget your bling.

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