By Prof. Shelbey Rosengarten
Students in Professor Rosengarten’s ENC1102H class at Seminole Campus invite everyone celebrate National Poetry Month, which occurs every April. They gave voice to a range of poems by authors such as Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, and Howard Nemerov, with subject matter ranging from historical events to universal experiences. After recording a raw audio file, they enhanced the recordings with loops, sound effects, and other audio elements that reflected the tone and emphasized prominent images, from the somber (“Ballad of Birmingham” comes to mind) to the silly (take a listen to “Ode to Pork”). Some students experimented with voice filters to add atmosphere to the poem, as in “Tears, Idle Tears” or “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”, or even to portray different voices and personae within a poem, such as in “Ballad of the Landlord.”
You can listen to all fourteen recordings on SoundCloud under “SPC Celebrates Poetry.” Enjoy discovering all kinds of poetic voices, and celebrating the charms of language during National Poetry Month!