What does the word declamation mean?

Usage examples for declamation

  1. Wagner says: " My melody is declamation, and my declamation melody." – Wagner's Tristan und Isolde by George Ainslie Hight
  2. His powers of imagination were not extraordinary, and of word painting he has not left a single striking example,- not one passage that can be used for recitation or declamation in the schools. – Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1 by George Boutwell