Examples of declamation speeches include Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," Winston Churchill's "Their Finest Hour," and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream." These examples are all classic pieces of oratory that possess the elevated language necessary for the success of a declamatory attempt. A declamation speech, or an oratorical interpretation, is an exercise in the recitation of a historically famous speech to showcase the speaker's talents of oration.
Declamation speeches are often one part of the high school extracurricular activity of public speaking, often called forensics. Declamatory pieces are memorized and practiced prior to delivery at forensic competitions where judges grade the delivery of the speech. Points are awarded in a number of categories; delivery and eloquence rate highly, as does the original emotional content imparted by the orator. Rather than commit an outright impersonation of the original speaker, orators of a declamatory speech should provide a unique interpretation of the piece.
The Grand National Tournament in Declamation is an annual public-speaking event held by the National Catholic Forensic League. This national competition is open to freshmen and sophomore high school students only. It serves to get students interested in oratory without requiring original speeches. As of 2014, one point of controversy in the Tournament is the use of original speeches from previous competitions in the Declamation category.Learn More
Two examples of short declamation speeches are the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling and the passage from William Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" commonly known as the "Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow" soliloquy. A declamation piece is a recitation delivered as practice by a student of rhetoric or elocution.Full Answer >
A creative title for an English paper on the American Dream might be "America Has a Dream," a reference to both the American Dream and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Both Dr. King and people who yearn for the American Dream hope for better futures.Full Answer >
The main role of the fairies in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is to introduce the magic into the story that both causes problems and helps to bring about a happy ending. They give a surreal character to the play and contrast some of the more coarse characters in the story. They also help to add the humor a comedy needs to be successful.Full Answer >
Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28, 1963. The speech was delivered as part of the March on Washington, an organized effort by civil rights groups to promote legislation intended to end racial segregation.Full Answer >