It was nice to jump back into seminar after a week off from classes. This session was very enjoyable since the class had plenty of engaging discussions. However, even though the discussions were a blast, my favorite part was rereading my poem to the class.
At first I felt uneasy about my second reading, I thought that it was not the way it was supposed to be read. The recording of Langston Hughes on Youtube had been in a very slow and mellow tone. I realized after the session that my personality and the way I read Night Funeral in Harlem the first time did not flow in harmony. Instead, presenting the poem with a sarcastic tone was a much better performance.
As a matter of fact, Langston Hughes was known as a comical man. Imagining Hughes read the poem in a manner such as mine would not be too farfetched in my opinion. Perhaps Hughes was at a very old age when the recording was made, which would justify his slow and smooth reading.
Even though I initially felt uneasy with my second reading of the poem, it was still a good time. In all honesty, I think of myself as a great presenter. I was in a presentation team for a business program in my senior year of high school and I did pretty well. The program had multiple competitions in which the presenters had to present lengthy business plans and sit through grueling Q & A sessions. The reason I did so well was due to the fact that I presented with my natural personality; I did not try to mimic someone else as I did with Langston Hughes.
Hopefully, we will have more presentations in the future. Presentations are vastly more enjoyable than a meer essay.