A trailer for Jacques Prévert’s poem “Tant de Forêts”

Thursday, 30 October, 2014

A trailer for a short film, created by French illustrators and animators Burcu Sakur and Geoffrey Godet, based on “Tant de Forêts”, a poem written by the late Jacques Prévert.

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As a plus at least maths would have once been fun for poets

Tuesday, 1 July, 2014

I’m not much of a poet, and don’t I know it, so I am thankful I did not live at time – think up until the sixteenth century – when mathematical equations were written as metered verse, because then I’d have been doubly bad at maths.

Why did people stop expressing maths problems as metered verse? Because it was around this time that mathematical symbols such as plus, minus, and equals, were devised, or at least started to come into more widespread use.

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The mathematics behind the sonnets of William Shakespeare

Thursday, 21 June, 2012

Deconstructing the way William Shakespeare wrote his sonnets… I’m now convinced the bard was more mathematician than poet or writer.

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Using iambic pentameter to turn tweets into poetry

Friday, 13 April, 2012

Randomly sourced tweets, usually five or six words long, are gathered up and made into sonnets with the Pentametron.

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Power to the people, poetry at Waterloo station to be restored

Friday, 21 January, 2011

“Eurydice”, a poem by British novelist and poet Sue Hubbard, considered to be one of London’s finest examples of secret art, and also one of its most lengthy, is to be restored to its former glory following a Facebook based campaign, after being painted over by contractors who were apparently cleaning the tunnel that the work is located in.

The poem, Eurydice, is one of the longest pieces of public art in the capital. It was inscribed along a concrete tunnel connecting Waterloo station with the Imax cinema and the South Bank 10 years ago. It was destroyed last autumn – a fortnight after Time Out magazine listed it as one of London’s best pieces of secret art – when contractors for Network Rail painted over it, claiming to be cleaning up the tunnel.

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If poems don’t rhyme surely they are still poems, just not rhymes

Thursday, 21 October, 2010

End-rhyming in poetry is by no means an essential element of a poem, and seems to be something that came along in relatively recent times, rather than being an established or necessary part of the writing process.

The “Odyssey” and the “Iliad” and the “Aeneid”, the poems of Pindar, Anacreon, Sappho, Horace, and Catullus, and Martial – that is, all of the Classical works that inspired European poets – are metrical. But none use end rhyme, which played a minimal role in the poetry of ancient Greece and Rome. In keeping with that precedent, some of the most ambitious poetry in English, since before Shakespeare, is not in rhyme but in blank verse: unrhymed iambic pentameter.

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The ballade of the tennis ball, poetry in motion at Wimbledon

Friday, 21 May, 2010

There’s a new way to tap into the tennis at Wimbledon this year… by way of the poetry of the tennis tournament’s first ever “Championships Poet”, Matt Harvey.

Honor Godfrey, curator of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum which proposed the concept, said: “We are always examining different ways of interpreting the Championships and this year the club agreed that having an official Championships Poet would provide a novel and interesting way of doing this.”

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Poetry so robust it will last an eternity and beyond

Wednesday, 9 September, 2009

A Canadian poet is hoping to embed a poem into the genetic code of an organism capable of surviving in conditions where no other life can. I wonder what the chances are that someone (or something) will stumble upon the poem in the far-distant future?

Christian Bök, an experimental poet and associate professor of English at the University of Calgary, is working on a piece he plans to encipher and insert into the genetic code of an “extremophile” bacterium, one that is tough enough to survive conditions that would wipe out the human race.

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Poetry to my ears, corporate mission statements remixed

Wednesday, 17 June, 2009

If reading corporate annual reports or mission statements isn’t your thing, perhaps seeing them presented as poetry would make them a tad more palatable?

Corpoetics is a collection of “found” poetry from the websites of well-known brands and corporations. I visited various company websites, found the closest thing to a Corporate Overview, then set about rearranging the words into poetry.

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Where the words have uncertain meaning

Friday, 8 May, 2009

John Sutherland, professor of Modern English Literature at University College London offers an interpretation of a poem written by Bono, as a tribute to Elvis Presley.

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