Poems & Performance

Nervous about reciting? Unsure of where to start? Don’t be—everything you need to help you perform a successful recitation is right here.

Keep in Mind

For the State and National Finals students are required to recite at least one poem that was written before the 20th century and one that is 25 lines or fewer. However, one poem (for example, George Gascoigne's “And If I Did, What Then?”) can fulfill both criteria at once.

What People are Saying

"I did not expect to fall in love with poetry. I just expected to recite and be done with it. After just sitting there and analyzing my poems, I realized that the stories told through these few words mean so much. I had to step out of myself and step into the author's shoes, and with that comes great work."
Kyla Rose Bates
2016 LA POL Champion