ERIC Number: ED216396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Research Findings from Student Performances of James Dickey's "The Leap."
A study was conducted to elicit the responses of five college students to their involvement with a single poem over a period of three weeks to determine if such involvement led to a greater appreciation and understanding of the poem. Each student began with a silent reading of the poem, moved to a study of it based only on silent readings, then progressed through a series of private and semipublic oral readings of the work. The students responded after each reading or performance, stating each time their understanding of or involvement with the poem. Ten responses were written or elicited through interviews. The data were divided into six categories of concerns: meanings, conflicts, emotions, structural and stylistic elements, real life connections, and performance as public event. The findings showed that (1) through performance of the poem, students showed a progressively intense concern with meanings and levels of meaning; (2) conflicts central to the poem crystallized for the students after they had performed the text; (3) while student responses to silent readings and study of the poem were primarily concerned with meaning, responses after oral readings were concerned with emotions; (4) students had increased concern with structural and stylistic elements after oral readings; (5) once performing the poem, students showed increasing desire to personalize the work; and (6) some students expressed frustration after public performances with having lost their focus on the poem while concentrating on audience response. (Materials used in the study are appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dickey (James)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).