What makes a poem suitable for a performance? Use the following criteria and you won't go far wrong!
1: Does the poem have a strong story or message?
2: Is there scope for your dramatic range?
3: Do you like it? Is it suitable for your audience?
4: Does it end on a strong note?
Casabianca by Felicia Hemans is a stirring ballad which has been enthralling audiences since it was published in the 1820's. The poem is instantly recognisable from the first stanza:
The boy stood on the burning deck
Whence all but he had fled;
The flame that lit the battle's wreck
Shone round him o'er the dead.
The poem continues for for another ten stirring verses and inspired generations. Less stirring but eq…