Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Visualising in poetry and cinema

Darling ones,

I have been reading an excellent book called 'Writing Poetry and Getting Published' by Matthew Sweeney and John Hartley Williams.

'One area of the arts where this is crucial is cinema. Film and poetry have more in common than is generally supposed. Think of any film that's impressed you in recent years and you'll probably find that it is particular images that come to mind.

MS: In an overlong but often haunting film directed by Theo Angelopoulus (1995), Ulysses' Gaze, there was an image that will stay with me always. it is of the Sarajevo youth orchestra (made up of Serbs, Croats and Moslems) playing outdoors in the fog that has made the city temporarily safe from sniper fire.

The immediacy of cinema works powerfully on the viewer. it can leave a visual residue long after the twists of the plot are forgotten and this can occasionally lead to poems.'

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