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December 22, 2010

Chaplin: inventing a language. an a poem

Filed under: American — Tags: , , , , — razvan @ 12:19 pm

One obsession for XXth century poetry was the invention of a language.
Chaplin managed to do it. Here he is inventing not only the language but even the words in “Modern Times”

 
Charlie Chaplin Impersonates a Poet

The stage is set for imminent disaster.
Here is the little tramp, standing
On a stack of books in order
To reach the microphone, the
Poet he’s impersonating somehow
Trussed and mumbling in a
Tweed bundle at his feet.

He opens his mouth: Tra-la!
Out comes doves, incandescent bulbs,
Plastic roses. Well, that’s that,
Squirms the young professor who’s
Coordinated this,
No more visiting poets!

His department head groans
For the trap door. As it
Swings away

The tramp keeps on as if
Nothing has occurred,
A free arm mimicking
A wing.

a poem by Cornelius Eady from Poetry foundation
 

You can watch “Modern Timeshere the entire movie

Also, Hart Crane wrote a mythical poem on the theme as you can see below from American poems. (more…)

December 8, 2010

John Ashbery, American poetry

Filed under: American — Tags: , , , , , — razvan @ 10:06 am

john-ashbery
Ashbery has won nearly every major American award for poetry. His collection A Wave (1984) won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award; and Some Trees (1956) was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. from Academy of American Poets

 

 

How to Continue
by  John  Ashbery
Oh there once was a woman
and she kept a shop
selling trinkets to tourists
not far from a dock
who came to see what life could be
far back on the island.
And it was always a party there
always different but very nice
New friends to give you advice
or fall in love with you which is nice
and each grew so perfectly from the other
it was a marvel of poetry
and irony (more...)

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