So probably many of you have heard Tennyson reading “Charge of the Light Brigade.” There exist recordings of him reading other poems, including an excerpt from Maud, which some dude made a video for:

But when did the declamation of poetry degenerate into the plain old poetry reading? Maybe after WWII? Here is my absolute favourite post-WWII declamation by a certain Canadian, my alma mater’s most esteemed graduate:

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