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Poetry in sign

 Digital Work
Identifier: ds_0031_panarapoetryinsign_cap_01.mp4


  • Creation: 1974



Dr. Robert Panara starts out by presenting Japanese Haiku poems. He fingerspells the poem, and then acts it out using sign transliteration, body language, and facial expressions. The next poem he signs is Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, continues with a poem by Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose, and the Star-Spangled Banner song by. Next he provides a signed rendition of Marc Antony's famous speech Friends, Romans, and Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears by Shakespeare after Caesar's death. Finally, he signs his famous poem, On His Deafness (modelled after John Milton's On His Blindness).


224.51 Megabytes (mp4)


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General Note

This material was digitized as part of a CLIR Hidden Collections grant: "Sculptures in the Air: An Accessible Online Video Repository of the American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry and Literature Collections at the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive (RIT/NTID DSA) in Rochester, NY." Original VHS recordings were transferred to mp4 format, captioned, and voiced, by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Production Services department.

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA