Leonard Cohen's Poetry Recitation Style

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Steven
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Leonard Cohen's Poetry Recitation Style

Postby Steven » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:39 am

Hi,

From early on, Leonard Cohen's poetry recitation skills have been admired. Interesting, to this observer,
how his recitation style (as evidenced by spoken lyric recitations) has taken on a more engaged (method
acting parallels) style. This clip can provide listeners with understanding of what L.C. thought (and probably
still thinks, though to maybe a lesser extent) about how poetry should be read:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2XkfBWSmcs. There seems to be more of an emotional investment in
the spoken conveying of lyrics such as in "A Thousand Kisses Deep." Granted, a concert venue isn't that
of a poetry reading gathering, but still. (Yes, there's a greater demand for entertainment in concert venues.)
Were Leonard Cohen to again have extended non-music poetry readings, how much of the more emotional
element would be displayed by him? To the extent that more would be displayed in his presentations, it would
be indicative of his becoming a more relaxed artist with a somewhat changed aesthetic. Wouldn't expect any
radical style departure, just an appreciable change.

In the Other Poetry section, had a link to a clip of Hubert Selby Jr. reading part of a story he wrote. I like
the reading and the material being read. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0wAJ8AFRmQ.
The reading conveys the emotional element by a reader of literary words that the above paragraph referenced.
It does so strongly. The more staid recitation style of Leonard Cohen was borne largely by academia.
Hubert Selby Jr. did not have much formal education. Hubert Selby Jr. demonstrated and L.C. demonstrates
most effective literary reading skills.
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Re: Leonard Cohen's Poetry Recitation Style

Postby lizzytysh » Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:54 pm

No time to listen and compare now, Steven, but your observations and comments are interesting.
Will check more into this later.
Your contributions tend to be very interesting, anyway 8)
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Re: Leonard Cohen's Poetry Recitation Style

Postby lizzytysh » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:30 am

Just listened to the first link.
LOVE how Leonard explains things!
He's so wise and so real.

It's easier to follow Leonard's commentary. And, then, there's the fact that one is actual book content, and the other is commentary on reading poetry.
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Re: Leonard Cohen's Poetry Recitation Style

Postby meglos2000 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:50 am

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