Wednesday, August 01, 2007

animation/film + poetry = graphic word poetry (?)

I've run into something new on YouTube. What an excellent way to illustrate poems, via animation. Is this poetry performed electronically? Just kidding. Either way, it's an interesting way of mixing/juxtaposing text with the visual. I think it brings more life to the poem. Not to say that it wasn't a complete work before the collaboration, but that the visual element brought the poem to a new state of completion, made it fuller in a sense. Much like a song or music can bring up a poem to a new level in "performance poetry".

Forgetfulness, poem by Billy Collins

However, the poem would stand on it's own whereas the animation doesn't make much sense with out the text.

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