Poetry at the cinema

January 25, 2007 at 8:12 pm (Uncategorized)

Read this essay at Poets.org. An excerpt:

Filmmakers too appreciate how verse creates a change of register, a complicating of character and plot. If poetry naturally pops up in films about poet’s lives or in “toast and eulogy” scenes that mimic real life—Shakespeare quoted by Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love, a Tennyson pep talk uttered by Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, Auden’s “Funeral Blues” recited by John Hannah in Four Weddings and a Funeral—it also appears in dramatic ways that go beyond the expected.

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