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Outside of my lyrical research, I am a sucker for so-called “spoken word performances”, being of the strong conviction that literature is meant to be read aloud, not just by oneself, and that poetry like that of Coleridge is something to be listened to, before it is read.

One of the few men nowatdays that do classic spoken-word performances without being cheesy is Jay O’Calahan. I warmly recommend you give all of the following videos a look. They range among the highest displays of free narration that I have ever seen.

– How did Coleridge and his contemporaries give their speeches, and recite their poems?

I like to think it felt very much like when O’Calahan tells his stories.

 

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