23 Jun 08
Good pieces or oratorical speeches are mostly found on plays, Shakespearean plays mostly but, that's just what I think.. Take "The Merchant from Venice" wherein Al Pacino played the Merchant. Or that speech, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears.." of Brutus when Ceasar was killed. I think the shortest between those two would be from The Merchant crom Venice.. Well then, maybe you can search for sites on plays and see if you can find good lines or oratorical lengths.
24 Jun 08
Heya, I do know that piece from Brutus. I searched a sample from 'The Merchant from Venice' and they really are short, at least shorter than most speeches out there. I have to sift through them and find a speech that is best said alone rather than in a dialogue kind of interaction but it is a good suggestion. I actually found some few short ones. One is the famous Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln. Then the other was "Sermon to the Birds" by St. Francis of Assisi. Its only a one short paragraph speech but the tone and the way it was presented is kinda like Shakespeare with the 'you' as 'ye' and there are 'clotheth', 'loveth', 'whereon', and 'hath'. A bit of a challenge with the pronunciation but hey its short.^_^ The good thing is that our prof is a but quiet about the oration and concentrating more on extemporaneous. I definitely dont mind that. Sure Id be thinking my hardest for a few minutes but at least its my own thoughts and I dont have to memorize all those lines. Thanks for the response.^_^