I agree that he used a monotone, and I for one don't like
it, but I have heard, I forget from whom, some pretty convincing
arguments as to its validity.
I think Hopkins didn't prepare it all that well.
The character is full and complete when the poem starts;
it may take the reader a while to get to know him, but the
performance should include the whole character.
There are important subtlties in the opening sections that
an actor could use to direct the tones used for effective registration
of Pruf's self-consciousness. One of the characteristics of
those passages is a certain sense of mystery.
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> Interestingly, Eliot's own readings tend to be in monotone. My
> department once hosted a group of Royal Shakespeare actors who performed
> scenes but also came into classes. One came to my modern poetry class
> and read TWL, doing all the voices. It was astonishing as a
> performance, and the students realized it was alive. Since I have been
> acting myself---obviously not remotely at such a level---I have realized
> how much performance alters their reaction to poetry. Since Eliot wrote
> dramatically (but did not seem very good at performance) it especially
> matters with his work.
> >>> Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> 05/22/07 8:59 AM >>>
> Thanks Rickard. A curious reading. I liked the second half best as he
> started to sink into the character. At first it seemed rushed and pretty
> much a monotone.
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