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A poetry plan

10 Nov 2020 8:34AM   Views : 536 Unique : 357

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Iíve been digging through old files, and found a project I started three years ago, using a GK Chesterton poem as a device for titling pictures.

The Strange Music is a beautiful and moving piece, and my son had asked me to read it at his wedding. I managed, but not without a lump in my throat and slightly damp eyes. I decided to use the lines as titles for a series of pictures, because each has its own resonances, and would Ė I hoped Ė pick up on the mood I wanted in the picture, and enhance it.

So hereís a project for the next few days (should you choose to accept it). Pick a poem: possibly one you know and love, or wander through a book or website to find one you like. It could be ethereal and romantic, or it could be a limerick if you want.

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This will give you a number of different ways to spend your time profitably. You may end up with some unusual and thought-provoking titles for pictures. You may discover poems you donít know Ė or maybe discover poetry as a whole, if youíve never been interested since some teacher made you learn ĎI wandered lonely as a cloudí off by heart.

And you may find a way to organise otherwise-random pictures into a sort of sequence. Yesterday, in a Critique Gallery comment, I suggested that free association might be a good technique to use for finding objects to put together in a still life picture, and it strikes me that reading poetry on the web or in an anthology may be a way to stimulate such thinking.

And a suggestion: my favourite book of poetry is called Other Menís Flowers. Itís one manís collection of the poems he remembered and loved from school Ė not a negative experience for him, clearly. Although it was compiled around 80 years ago, itís still freely available, both used and new.

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dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
10 Nov 2020 8:40AM
As you can see, my copy is an heirloom: my Dad bought it in Sydney, Australia, around the end of the War. There's a little bookshop sticker on the endpaper. Putting two and two together, I know that he served, at one point, on HMS Belfast, now moored in London, and I believe that was around that time.

Like a lot of people of my age, I know very little about what my relatives did 1939-45, or where they were. People tended not to talk about it very much. I do know, though, that he was a chaplain in the Royal Navy, and that there's a rather fine tradition there: for pastoral purposes, the chaplain assumes the rank of whoever he is talking to. This seems to me to be a good way to be, and to expect everyone else to be... Equals.
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
10 Nov 2020 11:39AM
Great idea dudler.

My pictures are visual thoughts, hence they have a name, sometimes they carry music too...
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dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
10 Nov 2020 11:41AM
A good idea John and an alternative could be lines from songs if you'e not into poetry.
You're right about not liking poetry from school, I hated it (the teacher does make a difference but I couldn't stand it anyway). I got an A in English Language but failed English literature (which in a perverse way I'm really proud about!). Satire, I find, is a much more effective use of language, though I guess there must be satirical poems.
I'm much more a visual person which explains why I pend time on here Smile
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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
10 Nov 2020 5:10PM
Keith, I suggest having a look at The Naming of Parts by Henry Reed.

On the surface, a bored army recruit is daydreaming at the back of a classroom: in reality, there is a contrast between war and nature. If you find it on the PoemHunter site, read it with a Sergeant Major voice - don't listen to the reading, which is not very good, in terms of giving voice to the poem!
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mistere Plus
10 38 8 England
11 Nov 2020 12:01PM
School poetry, oh dear. We didn't have a 'Dead Poet's Society' or an English teacher who enthused or inspired. The only poem I remember
studying was 'Reynards Last Run' and I only remember one line from it. "Like a rocket shot from a ship ashore," For reasons long forgotten
that line was nailed to the inside of my skull.
I like the idea, grouping images and words or trying to create a visual poem. I'd probably use Keith's suggestion though and try it with Lyrics
first. Probably not 'Another Brick in the Wall'. Smile
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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
11 Nov 2020 2:25PM
The boundary between lyrics and poems is a slippery one. Who knows what you may get drawn into! Remember, Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize for literature, even if he didn't go to collect it...
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