In sixth grade, I memorized my every word of The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere speech. Because of my rapid speech habit, I almost cut my speech in half when I presented. My teacher told me I spoke too fast and that I should slow down in the seventh. I wondered how the heck I was going to do that. The following year, I tried to take her advice, but I repeated what I did the previous year. I memorized I know Why the Caged Bird sings by Maya Angelou, again I memorized every word at home, I practiced in front of a mirror every day and I mastered every stanza.My teacher said the exact same words after my speech. Since I tried to speak slower, I felt disappointed in myself. She gave me the same aforementioned advice for this year. As an eighth grader, I am going to put effort into my speech and hopefully slow down my speech.
This year, I plan to do the poem Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen. This poem really catches my attention for many reasons. First of all the name, which is in latin. The name is apart of the phrase “ it is beautiful for one to die for ones country”. After reading the poem, it said at the end that the phrase was a complete lie. This poem showed me how ugly World War One was. This year I hope to slow down speech and recite this poem very nicely because the poem says tells people really powerful things.