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Does anybody know the poem Advent 1955 by Betjamen?

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QueenOfLists Sun 14-Nov-10 19:06:43

I have to do it as a reading in a few weeks at a concert and I am a complete novice when it comes to poetry. For the life of me I can't work out where to pause/stress/breathe as there's not much punctuation. I've looked for a youtube clip but to no avail - does anybody know where I can get an idea of what it should sound like read aloud?

SaggyHairyArse Tue 23-Nov-10 12:06:48

I would take a mini breath at the end of each line and a short pause after each second line (two lines rhyme at a time).

SaggyHairyArse Tue 23-Nov-10 12:07:59

So:

The Advent wind begins to stir (mini breath)
With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir, (short pause)

It's dark at breakfast, dark at tea, (mini breath)
And in between we only see (short pause)

Clouds hurrying across the sky (mini breath)
And rain-wet roads the wind blows dry (short pause)

etc etc.

SaggyHairyArse Tue 23-Nov-10 12:14:15

Found this:

www.harboroughsingers.org.uk/jo151/index.php?optio n=com_content&view=article&id=12:recordings-celebr ation&catid=10:recordings&Itemid=6

But you would have to buy/download CD?

QueenOfLists Sat 27-Nov-10 21:26:12

Thanks Saggy - I was going to do it like that but the bloke in charge wants it not to sound like it's got obvious rhymes. In the end he's actually written it out prose-style for me with punctuation. So problem solved!

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