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How to Deliver a Heartfelt Eulogy

A eulogy poem can express our innermost thoughts and feelings at a time when the right words can be hard to find.

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Finding Suitable Eulogy Poems

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Whether you are looking for poemsto express your own feelings at this time,
poems suitable for eulogies or are preparing a eulogy speech, you will find
everything you are looking for in the book of "Funeral and Memorial Service Readings, Poems and Tributes".

You will find a list of eulogy poems, (over 50), such as the eulogy poem,
"Remember Me",  are included in this resource of poetry for Eulogies.  
You may find eulogy poems suitable for a father, or mother or a range of
other poems for a eulogy.

Also included are bible readings and hymn suggestions that you may find
helpful.

 

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Selecting the right poem for a eulogy is only the first step, being able to deliver a heartfelt eulogy when you are feeling emotional is a whole different situation to overcome.

Here are some tips on reading a poem when giving a eulogy:-

Reading Poetry, Poetry Reading

By Serena Greenslade

Poetry readings take place at weddings, funerals, poetry clubs and concerts.

There are a few different rules for poetry reading than for prose reading and
these rules help us to keep the shape of the poem.

First you have to be heard. The sound has to get out of your mouth and for
this to happen you have to open your mouth.

If you have written the poem yourself or if you've had it written for you, you will
know the emotion the poem is trying to convey. You will know what is coming
next but remember your listeners don't know. They've never heard it before
so they have to get in the right mood and then they have to listen to the words
and they will need time to take in what you've read.

It might come as a surprise to know that there are different kinds of pauses.
Some of these pauses are used when reading prose and poetry and some
are used in poetry only.

Pauses used in prose and poetry

Pauses used only in poetry reading

The main pause is the suspensory pause. This occurs at the end of an
enjambment line where the sense carries on into the next line of the poem.
There must be a slight pause on the last word of the line but no breath must
be taken.

An example is taken from Sea Fairies by Eileen Mathias

There is a pause at the end of the first line and the next place for a breath is
halfway through the third line. However at the end of the second line you must
hold on to the word 'rocks' so that the shape of the poem is kept.

Caesura pause - This can come anywhere in the line of poetry but it always
coincides with sense.

Metrical pause - Lines of poetry are made up of metrical feet. These feet are
very similar to bars of music. Each foot is made up of 2, 3 or 4 syllables. A
metrical pause occurs when part of a foot or a whole foot is missing.

Why pausing is important

Reading Poetry - Pace and Power

Try to alter the speed at which you read the poem. If you want to sound angry
or excited speed up a little and raise the pitch of your voice. When you want
to sound more serious lower the pitch and slow down. A higher pitched voice
can also be used when talking about things which are high up - the sky,
angels, tall buildings and a lower pitch for things lower such as the soil,
graves, underwater etc.

Reading Poetry - Facial Expressions

Your facial expressions and gestures are important. If you are reading a
serious poem try not to smile! Any movements you make must look natural
and not rehearsed, you want the whole experience to look and sound natural
and relaxed.

If the poem wasn't written by you, you'll need to read through the poem a few
times to try and gauge the feeling of the poem and also try to pick out the
important words and phrases. These important words and phrases can then
be emphasised using the methods outlined above.

Serena Greenslade has been showing people how to get the best out of their
voice for the last 12 years.

For more information see:- http://www.afraid-of-speaking-a-speech.com

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