Writing a speech, much alone performing it in public, may be terrifying and overwhelming, but it becomes simpler when you conceive of a speech as an epic spoken word poetry. Most speeches employ the same literary methods that you currently employ in a large portion of your poetry. They begin with a title or opening phrase, which is followed by a main idea or body paragraph. These are supported by sub-ideas or line paragraphs and concluded by a conclusion paragraph.
In addition to these basic structure types, most speeches include some form of introduction or preamble, usually used to introduce or highlight important information that will be included in the speech. The introduction may also serve as a disclaimer, informing the audience about any conflicts of interest that the speaker might have, such as previous relationships with the people being addressed or events that might affect their judgment. After the introduction, there is typically a sequence of anecdotes or stories used by speakers to bring life to their arguments and engage the audience on a more personal level. These stories can be based on real events or simply made up, but they must be relevant to the topic at hand and should never be used for excessive verbosity or to merely fill time. Finally, most speeches include a summary or wrap-up of the key points made in the speech along with suggestions for future action.
For me, spoken word poetry is more powerful than written poetry since it is a word-based poetic performance art. It is an oral art form that emphasizes the aesthetics of word play, such as tone and vocal inflection. Spoken word poets often use abbreviations, allusions, and other forms of language irony to create metaphor and explore ideas and topics associated with language itself.
Spoken word poetry has many different forms, but usually involves a poet reading his/her poems aloud in public spaces such as cafés and bars. The audience can give feedback by speaking into a microphone, making verbal comments, and so on. This creates a dynamic environment where the poet can respond to questions from the audience and incorporate their input into future performances.
Written poetry is easier to produce due to the absence of a microphone. However, it cannot respond to audience interaction very well since there are no ways for the poet to change or omit lines based on what they hear in response to previous words or sentences. Written poetry is also limited in terms of how abstract it can be since it must remain on the surface meaning of each word without getting into subtextual or esoteric meanings.
Spoken word poetry can be much more personal and revealing about the poet's inner world than written poetry because the poet can express themselves more freely through voice rather than just handwriting.
Spoken Word Poetry: How to Write It
Every poetry has a voice, which may be referred to as a speaker (or, in some cases, speakers, if there is more than one person speaking the poem). Generally, poems with more than one speaker are identified by numbering or naming the speakers. For example, a poem called "Speaker 1" and a poem called "Speaker 2" would indicate that there are two speakers.
Some poets may choose to represent multiple voices using different styles of writing, for example, by using alliteration, metaphor, or simile. A reader who does not know this poem is telling a story would not be able to tell who is speaking without looking at the text itself. However, if the reader knew that Speaker 1 used alliterative verse and Speaker 2 used metered iambic pentameter, then the reader could assume that these are the voices being heard.
Poems with multiple speakers can be between any length, from just a few lines to longer works. Many short poems are represented by songs with lyrics and music; these are called "song poems". Some long poems may have separate speakers assigned to various parts of the work; for example, Shakespeare often has characters speak entire scenes each.