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Readers' theatre medley of poems

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Readers' Theatre

Readers' Theatre

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  • 1. READERS’ THEATRE Medley of Poems Rearranged by Yeo Yam Hwee 1 Reader 1 The Arrow and The Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Reader 6 I shot an arrow into the air, Reader 2 It fell to earth, I knew not where; Reader 5 For, so swiftly it flew, the sight Reader 4 Could not follow it in its flight. Reader 3 I breathed a song into the air, Reader 4 It fell to earth, I knew not where; Reader 3 For who has sight so keen and strong, Reader 5 That it can follow the flight of song? Reader 2 Long, long afterward, in an oak Reader 6 I found the arrow, still unbroken; Reader 1 And the song, from beginning to end, Reader 2 I found again in the heart of a friend. Reader 3 Break, Break, Break by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Reader 5 Break, break, break, Reader 4 On thy cold gray stones, O Sea! Reader 6 And I would that my tongue could utter Reader 1 The thoughts that arise in me. Reader 2 O well for the fisherman’s boy, Reader 3 That he shouts with his sister at play! Reader 5 O well for the sailor lad, Reader 4 That he sings in his boat on the bay! Reader 6 And the stately ships go on
  • 2. READERS’ THEATRE Medley of Poems Rearranged by Yeo Yam Hwee 2 Reader 2 To their haven under the hill; Reader 5 But O for the touch of a vanished hand, Reader 4 And the sound of a voice that is still! Reader 3 Break, break, break, Reader 4 At the foot of thy crags, O Sea! Reader 3 But the tender grace of a day that is dead Reader 5 Will never come back to me. Reader 2 We Must Be Polite by Carl Sandburg Reader 6 If we meet a gorilla Reader 1 What shall we do? Reader 6 Two things we may do Reader 2 If we so wish to do. Reader 5 Speak to the gorilla Very, very respectfully, Reader 4 “How do you do, sir?” Reader 3 Or, speak to him with less Distinction of manner, Reader 4 “Hey, why don’t you go back Where you came from?” Reader 3 If an elephant knocks on your door And asks for something to eat, There are two things to say: Reader 5 Tell him there are nothing but cold Victuals in the house and he will do Better next door. Reader 2 Or say: We have nothing but six bushels Of potatoes – will that be enough for Your breakfast, sir?
  • 3. READERS’ THEATRE Medley of Poems Rearranged by Yeo Yam Hwee 3 Reader 6 O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman Reader 1 O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, Reader 2 The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won, Reader 3 The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, Reader 5 While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring; Reader 4 But O heart! Heart! Heart! Reader 6 O the bleeding drops of red, Reader 1 Where on the deck my Captain lies, Reader 2 Fallen cold and dead. Reader 3 Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare Reader 5 Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Reader 4 Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Reader 6 Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, Reader 3 And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Reader 5 Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, Reader 1 And often is his gold complexion dimmed, Reader 2 And every fair from fair sometime declines Reader 4 By chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed. Reader 2 But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Reader 1 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st; Reader 5 Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade Reader 3 When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st.
  • 4. READERS’ THEATRE Medley of Poems Rearranged by Yeo Yam Hwee 4 Reader 6 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, Reader 5 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. Reader 1 How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning Reader 2 How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height Reader 3 My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. Reader 4 I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. Reader 6 I love thee freely, as men strive for right. I love thee purely, as they turn from praise. I love thee with the passion put to use Reader 5 In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose All Readers With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. Reader 1 Will there really be a morning? By Emily Dickinson Reader 5 Will there really be a morning? Is there such as thing as day? Reader 6 Could I see it from the mountains If I were as tall as they? Reader 3 Has it feet like water-lilies? Has it feathers like a bird? Reader 4 Is it brought from famous countries Of which I have never heard? Reader 2 Oh, some scholar! Oh, some sailor! Oh, some wise man from the skies! Reader 4 Please to tell a little pilgrim Where the place called morning lies!
  • 5. READERS’ THEATRE Medley of Poems Rearranged by Yeo Yam Hwee 5 Reader 3 The Old Men Admiring Themselves In The Water by William Butler Yeats Reader 2 I heard the old, old men say, Reader 1 “Everything alters, Reader 5 And one by one we drop away.” Reader 6 They had hands like claws, and their knees Were twisted like the old thorn-trees By the waters. All Readers I heard the old, old men say, “All that’s beautiful drifts away Like the waters.”

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