Blog Overview:

Speech is a powerful tool that can be used to persuade, defend, communicate, manipulate, and more. Either the words being spoken, the tone and enthusiasm that they're spoken with, or both can be used to intrigue listeners. Politicians often use strategies to gain support of those who won't necessarily agree with the actual words being spoken. Poets, on the other hand, may convince readers without spoken word and simply through the elegance of their writing. Slam poetry, however, is arguably the most influential form of speech. When talented speakers convey powerful language, they seem to create the most impact. This blog will explore the influences of speeches in shaping history; specifically, the significance of poetry in bringing about change.

Questions being discussed in this blog...
What characteristics do persuasive speakers have? How has speech influence the course of history? How do politicians use speech to convey ideas and gain support? How has poetry been used to bring about change? Is speech a more powerful weapon than those that kill?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Global Perspectives on the Power of Speech

After viewing other country's google search results on the power of speech and poetry, it became evident that not all countries value the arts equally. In certain countries such as China and North Korea I was able to find very little information; whereas in countries like Israel, Pakistan, and Denmark, I was able to find much more about the power of speech in politics as well as information on poets/activists. The search results for the topic in different countries seems to tell a lot about each. In Afghanistan it's uncommon to find protest poetry, however cultural and religious poetry is greatly valued. In Mexico and other central american countries, there was abundant information on this topic. The influence of speech seemed to be highly recognized as well as the power of various art forms in advocating change. I came to the conclusion that, in general, countries with higher rates of nationalism within their populations, have a greater value of the arts in relation to politics. Influential speeches, poems, and songs seem to mean more in these areas. I think that in countries with more freedom, the emotions that speeches and poetry can bring to politics is embraced. Whereas in countries with stricter rules, their shot down. Also, countries with more pride in their culture seemed to have more poetry involving history and society.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Politician Strategies

What characteristics do persuasive speakers have?

Historically, politics has revolved immensely around persuasive speeches.  Some of the most influential political leaders have also been some of the best speakers. This is far from a coincidence. Those with the power to influence others solely through their spoken words, are often idolized. In politics, up and coming leaders gain support by convincing others of their solutions to specific issues. You'd think that the most important aspect of these persuasive speeches would be logicality, however as proven throughout history, speeches incorporating pathos create a more dramatic response than those using logos. Arguably, Hitler's speeches contained no logicality and created one of the biggest uprisings in history.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Speeches Targeting Emotions

  After watching Emma Watson's speech for her HeForShe campaign at the UN the other day, I was further intrigued by this topic. She spoke with poise, passion, and eloquence. Her speech made an impact and got very positive reactions. I began to contemplate what exactly is was about the way she presented herself that drew so much attention and furthered her cause. In my opinion, there a few different ways that speakers can present themselves to gain support. In politics, speakers will commonly use power and enthusiasm to interest listeners. What all of the most impactful speakers have in common is their ability to target someones emotions. Using logical information may be the best way to get people to believe in a cause, but to create a reaction, one must reach a viewer on a more personal level. This is something that the most powerful speakers throughout history have all done.