Examples of declamation speeches include Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," Winston Churchill's "Their Finest Hour," and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream." These examples are all classic pieces of oratory that possess the elevated language necessary for the success of a declamatory attempt. A declamation speech, or an oratorical interpretation, is an exercise in the recitation of a historically famous speech to showcase the speaker's talents of oration.Continue Reading
Declamation speeches are often one part of the high school extracurricular activity of public speaking, often called forensics. Declamatory pieces are memorized and practiced prior to delivery at forensic competitions where judges grade the delivery of the speech. Points are awarded in a number of categories; delivery and eloquence rate highly, as does the original emotional content imparted by the orator. Rather than commit an outright impersonation of the original speaker, orators of a declamatory speech should provide a unique interpretation of the piece.
The Grand National Tournament in Declamation is an annual public-speaking event held by the National Catholic Forensic League. This national competition is open to freshmen and sophomore high school students only. It serves to get students interested in oratory without requiring original speeches. As of 2014, one point of controversy in the Tournament is the use of original speeches from previous competitions in the Declamation category.Learn more about Public Speaking
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, given in 1863 during the American Civil War, was only two to three minutes long and contained only 246 words. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's speech reacting to Pearl Harbor lasted approximately seven minutes, and John F. Kennedy's "Ich Bin Ein Berliner" speech was similarly short.Full Answer >
Some effective motivational speeches include John F. Kennedy's "Inaugural Address" of 1961 and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, given in 963. Historians also recognize Helen Keller's Lions Clubs International Convention speech from 1925 as one of the most effective motivational speeches of all time.Full Answer >
Examples of persuasive speeches include Winston Churchill's "We Shall Fight on the Beaches" address before Great Britain's House of Commons, Demosthenes's “The Third Philippic” before the Athenian assembly and President Ronald Reagan's “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate” speech aimed at Mikhail Gorbachev. Persuasive speeches, also called orations, convince people to take action.Full Answer >
Martin Luther King Jr. is perhaps most renowned for his powerful "I Have a Dream" speech delivered in 1963. Approximately a quarter of a million demonstrators listened to King's stirring words of his aspirations of a nation where racial discrimination does not exist.Full Answer >