Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”  After seminar class today, I see that this intelligent statement clearly applies to poetry.  Since most of the class have read their poems already, I was able to witness many different styles and techniques in poetry reading, and I have found that the poems that had emotion tied to it were the most beautiful.  After Andrew read the poem Return of the Native, the whole class took turns saying the phrase “BangClash!” with the emotion that comes along with the words,  and we saw how the feeling really adds to the poem.  This can also be seen in the poem that Andrew wrote himself.  The poem literally gave me chills.  Once again, it was the emotion behind the words and his connection to the poem that made it so beautiful.

Naomi also demonstrated in her performance the importance of connecting to the emotion behind the words.  Though her poems weren’t long and flowery, she did a great job of making them beautiful by acting them out and reading them as if she wrote them herself.  Though I still did not get to read my poem yet, I hope that I will be able to perform it with the same confidence and emotion that my classmates had when performing their poems.