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 actually enjoy poetry! When I started participating in the Poetry Out Loud competition in the 9th grade I hated poetry, but as I continued to participate over the years I grew a love and appreciation for the art form, and poetry is now a part of my identity."
Irvin Mason, Jr.
2016 USVI POL Champion