[LMB] was: Language

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Sat Aug 17 13:13:38 BST 2019

 Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>

Once at a Demicon, I was half-jingled on the very good beer in the
consuite, and started doing classical poetry in rap style.  A friend of
mine likes to tell about how she wandered in, and there I was doing Edgar
Allan Poe's "The Raven."  What struck her was not only that I was doing it
rap-style, but that I clearly had the whole poem so memorized that I could
do it even when lit up like a Christmas tree.  Another favorite for this is
the opening stanzas of "The Song of Hiawatha."

Gwynne: I find poetry and Shakespeare very useful when I'm at the dentist.
I run through it in my head, it's a good distraction (yes, I'm one of those, the
people who truly dread all dentistry.) When I was in a local musical I could
go through all the songs I had to know - it was good practice to remember
them all, since they were in Latin. Otherwise it's usually Shax, all the lovely
big major speeches that have such style and power. Or other poetry: 'The
Man from Snowy River' and 'Clancy of the Overflow' are great favourites.

I really understood Miles falling into Richard III when he was fighting Fast-
Penta, in BiA. A good recitation will get you through all kinds of things.

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