The Poetry Video

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Lesson Introduction: 

There is a great tradition of combining poetry and film: the twentieth-century French poet, artist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau was particularly interested in using the medium of the moving image to explore new ways to create and celebrate poetry. His films, especially Blood of a Poet and Orphée, feature striking examples of visual poetry and often include recitations of written poetry at the centre of key scenes.

Poetry videos have become increasingly popular as technology has become more accessible. It’s now possible to make short films with a sophisticated cell phone or computer.

Learning Objectives: 

In this lesson, students will have opportunities to:

  • See how poems lend themselves to visual interpretation and representation.
  • Create a short video backdrop for a poem the student has chosen to memorize and recite,
Materials and Resources: 
To teach this lesson, you will need:
  • computer access to You Tube, Vimeo, PBS, Video Surf, and other video web sites
  • access to video recording equipment and editing software
  • access to the Poetry In Voice online anthology

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Poetry In Voice is a charitable organization that encourages Canadian students to fall in love with poetry through reading, writing, and recitation. All of our resources are available online for free. You may also use our resources if you reside outside of Canada.