A Petty Morning Crime, Georgi Gospodinov’s poem animated

Tuesday, 11 October, 2016

A Petty Morning Crime, an animation by Sofia based Compote Collective, is based on the poem of the same name, written by Bulgarian writer and playwright Georgi Gospodinov. And its meaning? I think that will become apparent as you watch.

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The Junebugs, this is what happens when poetry is animated

Tuesday, 27 September, 2016

The Junebugs is a poem about an incident from the life of a well known US President when he was young, written by West Virginia based poet, writer, and cabinetmaker Steve Scafidi.

Here, it is animated, brought to life, by California based design studio, Oddfellows.

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Has someone unfollowed you? Send them some farewell poetry

Friday, 4 September, 2015

Anyone with a social media account, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the like, will have lost a follower, or two, over time. Someone once interested in what you had to say, or who you are, has, for whatever reason, changed their tune. So they, depending on the channel in question, unfollowed, or unfriended, you.

It’s not always nice, but life goes on. While I wouldn’t recommend dwelling on such occurrences, there is now the option, should you so choose it, to activate a service, aptly titled “Goodbye Unfollower”, that sends someone who has decided to take their leave of your Twitter stream, a farewell poem.

Worth a look, maybe. Who knows, the unfollower may be so touched by the gesture that they re-follow you.

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What happens to gloomy poems? Some end up as fridge magnets…

Thursday, 11 June, 2015

If you’re looking for a pick me up, then it may be best to avoid any refrigerators that may be in the vicinity, lest they have become host to gloomy poems such as these.

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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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