Using poetry as an aid to pronuciation takes little experience and you don’t need any materials to explore strategies when you say words as in pronunciation and enunciation. Enunciate means to pronounce a word clearly so that the listener will understand what you are saying. For example, everyone has a special name, they want you to pronounce their name as they like it in some cases. In poetry, the names can be creatively spoken based on your mood or how you want to express yourself in that particular poem. If you’re talking about a human or an animal, you can practice creative ways to say the names to give the human or animal character. As spellings can be challenging they are not critically mispronounced if poetry is the resource.
Actors use many strategies for imitating a poetic verse as they perform their roles on stage. The purpose I think for poetry is to develop a personality for the word or words in the poem that are being analyzed by the listener. So if you recite or pronounce the poem, you want to make it entertaining. To do this pronunciation must have a freeway so the poet can illustrate this by their unique interpretation of the spoken word.
Poetry, rhythm, syncopation, and timing are aids for the momentum of the poetry. The listener must feel a vibe fromm what they hear so you must be able to get their attention by using other interesting ways to collaborate within the emotions.
Look at the letters in your name. How do you pronounce your name? The simplest name could be pronounced many ways. To look at the letters in your name may not be the same way your would pronounce your name in a poem. Just as you say your name, words in poems can be pronounced depending on the rhythm or mood you want to develop for your audience or yourself.
Keeping your mind open to create words and say words in their various forms will be the most useful tool. You can start with isolated words, just words from the top of your head as if you were brainstorming on a theme, a feeling, or an emotion. Poems do not have to rhyme to be poems. The lines in poems do not have to be but a mere selection of words. If you analyze song lyrics you will see that the rules of English do not apply. The poet can recite their poem as it is their own creation. It’s for the reason that audiences appreciate the versality of poets who take their time to say what they have to say to get their poem heard. The interesting part of using poetry as an aid to pronunciation is that one poem and the words in the poem can be said in different ways. Dialects are sometimes associated with styles of pronouncing words, places, feelings, and emotions. When poets take their time and think of words to create a poem, they have alot to think about in the timing of the delivery where pronunciation carries on beyond your imagination.
Depending on where you live or how you say things in your region shows the geographical license to create. For example where I am, the word Eiffel Tower is pronounced I full tow wer. I was told by a flight attendance who travels to Paris that the correct pronunciation is eff ful tow wer. Smith Smythe and other words that are in the list of words we find controversial are either tools for us to see that if you’re in Paris it is pronounced Pair ree with the “s” being silent. In the English language words have their own meanings, spellings, and unique pronunciations.
The word “Theater” is spelled “t-h-e-a-t-r-e and also t-h-e-a-t-e-r and pronounced in various ways.
Listen to the poets. Try a poem yourself and depending on the mood you are in, poetry speaks for itself, an aid to pronounce your way!