Would you like to experience something different? How about a poetry recital in the “rhapsode” style, which is how the ancient Greeks heard the Homeric epics? Before printing was invented, works survived in oral tradition: performers memorized and dramatically recited the epics. This was not your modern poet, reading his or her own work; these people were actors, bringing the famous stories to life.
Robert Gonzalez of the The University of Tampa aims to revive and modernize this ancient art, inspiring others to perform the iconic poetry of their own culture. He will perform a few classic English poems: “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and work by William Shakespeare, John Keats, Robert Frost and others. He’ll also talk about Rhapsodize, his initiative to revive the dramatic performance of great poems.
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