An oratorical piece may be a stirring speech, a funny story, or a discourse meant to call the listener to action. Before giving an oration, the speaker needs to fully understand the purpose of the piece so he can use the proper tone of voice to portray his intent.
Types of Oratorical Pieces
An oration is defined as a speech that is given at a special celebration. Orations can include longer, more formal speeches such as eulogies, graduation speeches, and inaugural addresses. Orations can also include short, less formal speeches such as toasts.
Ideas for Short Oratorical Toasts
A toast is one example of an oratorical piece that is often short. At a wedding, for example, there may be several toasts or short oratorical speeches that go something like this:
- Good evening, everyone. I would like to offer a toast for the happy couple. May their days be filled with love and laughter.
- I’ve know John since we were in kindergarten. I could not possibly imagine a better person for him than Maria. I know you both will be ecstatically happy for a very long time.
- I raise my glass to my daughter and her husband. She has found her Prince Charming who will make all her dreams come true. Join me in wishing them a happy life together filled with much joy and love.
Toasts are common at graduations as well as weddings. Some short oratorical toasts you may offer at a graduation include:
- To all who have graduated, may you now get educated.
- May you go on to do great things, but never lose touch with each other.
- Here's to your future.
- Graduation is a major milestone and we're all very proud of what you have accomplished.
- May you always follow your heart in your future endeavors.
- To the graduate, who is in a class by himself.
- We wish you a bright future filled with the promise of a wonderful life.
- Although another year has past, you're no older than the last.
- Wishing you great joy on your birthday and through the whole year.
- May you live all the years of your life - Jonathan Swift
- Think of it this way - you are only one day older than you were yesterday.
- You know you are over the hill when your back goes out more than you do!
- We're so grateful to be celebrating this wonderful day with you and we wish you many more happy and healthy birthdays to come.
Retirement is a time of great celebration and it is often commemorated with a party. If you are called upon to give toasts at that party, here are some ideas:
- We don't know what we'll do without you at work, but I guess we're about to find out.
- May you have even more fun at retirement than you do at work.
- Always remember, a bad day fishing is better than the best day at work.
- Here's to your retirement. May you enjoy your golden years in great health.
- You will be missed.
Going Away Parties
A trip abroad or to another location is yet another great reason to celebrate - and to give a toast. Here are some great toasts for going away parties:
- Hurry back soon, we'll be missing you.
- May we always part with regret and meet again with pleasure.
- The pain of parting is nothing compared with the joy of meeting again. - Charles Dickens.
- A bon voyage toast to a successful trip!
- Enjoy your trip, but don't forget to write.
Famous Short Oratorical Speech
One example of a formal oration is John F. Kennedy’s speech about sending a man to the moon, delivered at Rice University in 1962.
Here is an excerpt from the narration and the conclusion:
“But if I were to say, my fellow citizens, that we shall send to the moon, 240,000 miles away from the control station in Houston, a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall, the length of this football field, made of new metal alloys, some of which have not yet been invented, capable of standing heat and stresses several times more than have ever been experienced, fitted together with a precision better than the finest watch, carrying all the equipment needed for propulsion, guidance, control, communications, food and survival, on an untried mission, to an unknown celestial body, and then return it safely to earth, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of the sun--almost as hot as it is here today--and do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out--then we must be bold.”
Formats of Short Oratorical Pieces
Orations are often used to make a case in support of or against something.
- These types of orations start with an introduction that will get the attention of the audience.
- Then the narration will consist of facts that support the opinion of the speaker. It is made clear what facts the speaker supports and opposes.
- Facts that the speaker agrees with will be proved and arguments of his opponents will be refuted.
- The oration will be summarized with a conclusion and sometimes a call to action, such as supporting a nomination or legislation.
Less formal orations, such as eulogies or toasts, will also have an introduction, narrative, and conclusion. The body of this type of oration may contain personal information, accomplishments, amusing anecdotes, shared memories, or a chronological listing of major events.
No matter the type or audience, if the piece is a short narrative, it can be an example of a short oratorical speech.
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