Thursday, March 7, 2013

Poetry Goes to Hollywood

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If you didn't get enough poetry from this year's Oscar winning films, take a look at this partial list we've compiled of poems in cinema, including:

Alone by Maya Angelou

   from Poetic Justice
by W. H. Auden
   from Before Sunrise
One Art by Elizabeth Bishop
   from In Her Shoes
The Tyger by William Blake
   from Blade Runner
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
   from Citizen Kane
by Robert Frost
   from The Outsiders
To an Athlete, Dying Young by A. E. Housman
   from Out of Africa
   from Dangerous Minds
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
   from Dead Poets Society

Poem as Screenplay: Six Video Collaborations
Poets have long been interested in the cinematic. Here are six video adaptations by filmmakers inspired by poems and the poets who wrote them, including Rita Dove, Allen Ginsberg, Academy Chancellor Anne Waldman, and others.

What is the relationship between verse and the moving image? In this new lesson plan students focus on how poetry and film connect, and create their own screenplay in which poetry plays the leading role. The lesson includes poems by Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Bishop, Walt Whitman, and others.
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Thanks for being a part of the Academy of American Poets community. To learn about other programs, including National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day, the annual Poets Forum, and more, visit Claudia Rankine photo © John Lucas. Video stills taken from Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise and Allen Ginsberg's "The Ballad of the Skeletons."

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