The classic speech demonstrating mastery of thought and expression.
The speech which prompted John Wilkes Booth to murder.
It’s high school it’s not really that important – This is amazingly hard to understand when you’re actually in high school. Be out of it for over a year and it becomes abundantly clear. Don’t act like your speech is the end of something spectacular, it’s usually not.
But he insisted his speech Tuesday night would not dwell on race.
Good luck. If you want to I’ll gladly critique your speeches. Regular readers: Go nuts. I know some of you have some pent up rage from high school.
Old English "act of speaking, manner of speaking, formal utterance," variant of , related to "to speak" (see ), from Proto-Germanic (cf. German "speech"). The forms were extinct in English by 1200. Meaning "address delivered to an audience" first recorded 1580s. "talk in a pompous, pontifical way" first recorded 1723.
And I honor the man who is willing to sinkI would truly love if you sent in your own free speech sample to inspire others that visit here! If this is something you would like to do just scroll to the bottom of the page and send it on in. Make a note of what you find appealing/interesting about these speeches and apply the same tactics to your own work. You may also like to use the formats as a guide, to ensure your own speech flows smoothly and logically.Writing for public speaking isn’t so different from other types of writing. You want to engage your audience’s attention, convey your ideas in a logical manner and use reliable evidence to support your point. But the conditions for public speaking favor some writing qualities over others. When you write a speech, your audience is made up of listeners. They have only one chance to comprehend the information as you read it, so your speech must be well-organized and easily understood. In addition, the content of the speech and your delivery must fit the audience.
Half his present repute for the freedom to think,
And, when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak,
Will risk t' other half for the freedom to speak,
Caring naught for what vengeance the mob has in store,
Let that mob be the upper ten thousand or lower.
[James Russell Lowell, "A Fable for Critics," 1848]