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Literature: Poetry Writing and Appreciation


Literature: Poetry Writing and Appreciation



LEGENDS OF WORLD POETRY: THE RAVEN - EDGAR ALLAN POE

Americas Great Literary Legend - The most famous poem in American Literature. Illustrated by Gustav Dore. Edgar Allan Poe remains one of Americas great literary legends and in this dramatic program voice artist Bob McGraw brings Poes classic poem of loss and despair "The Raven" to life using a haunting voice and the famous illustrations of Gustav Dore to tell this tragic story. The Raven - The 1845 publication of The Raven made Poe widely popular in his lifetime and remains one of the most famous poems ever written. It is noted for its musicality and supernatural atmosphere and tells of a talking ravens mysterious visit to a distraught narrator, lamenting the loss of his love and tracing a slow descent into madness with its constant repetition of the word Nevermore.

DVD / 2012 / () /

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LEGENDS OF WORLD POETRY: THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER - SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

Samuel Taylor Coleridges Rime of the Ancient Mariner tells the story of a long sea voyage fraught with danger, mystery, horror and ultimately redemption. This longest of Coleridges poems, remains one of the most often referenced works in English literature, and in this dramatic program voice artist Bob McGraw brings Coleridges classic poem of the sea to life using a haunting voice and the famous illustrations of Gustav Dore to tell the epic story of the Ancient Mariner. The Poem was first published in 1798 (with a later 1817 edition adding a Gloss) in Coleridges First Edition of Lyrical Ballads. It relates the experiences of the Ancient Mariner as he goes on an extended sea voyage. He uses the device of stopping a young man on the way to attend a wedding to tell a story steeped in the lore of the sea, mythology and the superstitions and religious traditions of the times. The poet communicates the various moods of the mariner through narrative techniques such as repetition and personification to alternately invoke feelings of supernatural dread, horror, fear, awe and ultimately redemption.

DVD / 2012 / () /

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LEGENDS OF WORLD POETRY: THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM - EDWARD FITZGERALD

A translation of the work of the Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet, Omar Khayyam 1048 -1131. Translated and popularized by the English scholar Edward Fitzgerald in 1859, this poem is one of the most influential to come out of the 19th Century. Edward Fitzgeralds translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, is a mystical, highly symbolic poem that deals with mans relation to God, the nature of the divine, the fleeting nature of life, and a host of other issues important to the contemplative mind. The poem, by the Persian poet, astronomer and mathematician Omar Khayyam, is a distillation and translation of the over 1000 quatrains originally rendered in Farsi. In this program, the haunting, melancholy musings of the Persian philosopher-poet are brought to life in vivid detail by voice artist Bob McGraw. Accompanied by color illustrations by Edmund Dulac and the Artist-photographer team of Blanche Cumming and Adelaide Hanscom, together with haunting melodies inspired by the cultures of the Arabian peninsula, this program brings the classic poem into vivid focus. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - The term rubaiyat is the plural of the Farsi word for quatrain (a four line stanza). Fitzgeralds translation consists of 101 quatrains and was first published in the West in 1859. It is actually a distillation of over 1000 quatrains in the original rendering rendered in such a manner as to be more thematically consistent (it was a common practice with this type of poetry to rearrange the quatrains to suit a particular rendering). In this poem, the author deals with a variety of philosophical issues and perspectives about the nature of life, the importance of religion, fate and predestination along with a host of other interrelated issues. Known for its lyrical beauty and well-crafted rhyme and meter, the Rubaiyat has been one of the most popular poems to come out of the 19th century.

DVD / 2012 / () /

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POETRY DEAL, THE: A FILM WITH DIANE DI PRIMA

By Melanie La Rosa She remains the most famous women poet of the Beat Generation; her friend Allen Ginsberg calling her "heroic in life and poetics". THE POETRY DEAL: A FILM WITH DIANE DI PRIMA is an impressionistic documentary about legendary poet Diane di Prima. The most well known female writer of the Beat Era, di Prima is fierce, funny, and philosophical, still actively writing in her late 70s in San Francisco, where she is poet laureate. She is a pioneer who broke boundaries of class and gender to publish her writing, and THE POETRY DEAL opens a window looking back through more than 50 years of poetry, activism, and cultural change, providing a unique women's perspective of the Beat movement. Much of the story is told through di Prima's recorded readings, including a deeply moving reading of her unpublished poem The Poetry Deal, reflecting on her relationship with her art. THE POETRY DEAL puts di Prima's life and work on screen in a unique, beautiful portrait using rare archival material, impressionistic scenes shot in Super8 and 16mm, stories told by friends and colleaguesˇXand di Prima's powerful writing. Reviews ~ "The film is a visual poem -- a great way to experience DiPrima direct." - Bob Holman, Bowery Poetry Club, Endangered Language Alliance Visiting Professor of Writing ~ "[V]isually powerful and provocative, and a tribute to this unique poet's transformative alchemy as thinker, visionary, and trail-blazer. I highly recommend this documentary to literary scholars, students, writers and anyone interested in the culture of these complicated times." - Anne Waldman, Poet, Co-founder, Distinguished Prof, Jack Kerouac School, Naropa Univ.

DVD (Color) / 2011 / () / 27 minutes

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POETIC URGE: POETRY AT THE CAFE

This program introduces viewers to a variety of poets who share poetic styles that range from classic to contemporary.

DVD / 2007 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 60 minutes

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POETRY, THE - LIVING POETRY 1: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A POEM

Renowned poet Theodore Weiss concentrates on the year long making of a poem while reflecting on poetry of William Blake and W.B. Yeats, helping viewers understand the creative process involved in writing poetry, from idea to realization, and the importance of tenacity and revision.

DVD / 2007 / (Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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POETRY, THE - LIVING POETRY 2: YES, WITH LEMON: WEISS' POEM - FRACTIONS

After nearly 30 rewrites, Theodore Weiss' poem, "Fractions," becomes a major autobiographical work. Here we see the final work that appeared in The American Poetry Review. Award ~ Chris Award -Columbus International Film Festival

DVD / 2007 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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POET'S CHAMBER - AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETRY

Harlem poet Michael S. Harper is committed to motivate others, especially other African-Americans, to avoid the gangs, to reject the violence, and to find the importance of their individuality.

DVD / 2007 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 60 minutes

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POET'S CHAMBER - HISTORICITY AND MODERN POETRY

Professor James Ragan goes back in time, to the oral, not the written, tradition of poetry to put the history of 20th-century poetry in its proper context.

DVD / 2007 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 60 minutes

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JUST THE FACTS: UNDERSTANDING LITERATURE - THE ELEMENTS OF POETRY

Just the Facts: Understanding Literature offers an innovative, lively, and contemporary approach to understanding the basic elements of fiction, drama, and poetry and fostering an appreciation of literature. In each program, a young host and hostess guide viewers through the basic elements of each genre with colorful graphics and an informative narrative from English professors. Question-and-answer sections throughout the programs reinforce the concepts presented. Just the Facts: Understanding Literature offers a unique learning experience and an effective teaching tool. The Elements of Poetry Figurative language, meter and rhyme, simile, and metaphor -- these are a few of the many topics explored in this lively video tour through the genre of poetry. Other elements illustrated in the program include: ~ Oxymoron ~ Assonance ~ Alliteration ~ Imagery ~ Understatement ~ Hyperbole And more... A young host and hostess guide viewers through the basic elements of poetry with colorful graphics and an informative narrative. In addition, professors of English provide insight to help viewers understand poetry. An interactive component of multiple choice questions reinforces concepts presented in the program and enhances understanding of the basic elements of poetry.

DVD / 2003 / (Grade 6 or above) / 30 minutes

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WRITER TO WRITER: CARLA HARTSFIELD - THE MUSIC OF POETRY

Canadian poet and pianist Carla Hartzfield speaks with John Garmon on writing poetry, working as an interdisciplinary artist and on arts programs in Canada.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2002 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / Approx. 27 minutes

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BETWEEN THE LINES: ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S POETRY

By Yunah Hong BETWEEN THE LINES offers rare interviews with over 15 major Asian-Pacific American women poets. Organized in interwoven sections such as Immigration, Language, Family, Memory, and Spirituality, it is a sophisticated merging of Asian-American history and identity with the questions of performance, voice, and image. This engaging documentary serves as poetry reading, virtual anthology, and, perhaps most importantly, moving testimony about gender, ethnicity, aesthetics, and creative choice. The carefully edited interviews and poems read reflect the filmmaker's desire to show both individual voice and diversity within the Asian-American women's community. Theoretically as rich as the images and poems provided, there is also an implicit conversation in the video about the possibility and usefulness of an Asian-American women's aesthetic/poetic. Using carefully selected archival images, historical footage, and brilliant photography as the scrim through which we hear the poets, 'Between the Lines' provides important and lively viewing for literature, history, ethnic and women's studies classes." - Joseph Boles, Visiting Scholar, Center for Visual Culture, Bryn Mawr Reviews ~ "...a probing, thoughtful examination into the artistic processes of emerging and leading Asian American female artists. BETWEEN is not a how-to documentary but a personal inquiry into language and poetry. The movie plays like one long running deep meditation..." - Quang Baom, Managing Director, Asian American Writer's Workshop ~ "Yunah Hong's engrossing video provides us with the grounding we need to be able to follow the imaginative flights of these important poets. This documentary itself a poem, walking the line between experimental video and documentary film, showing us new ways to see and hear." - Peter X Feng, University of Delaware ~ "This beautiful video offers an intimate look at a diverse group of Asian-American women poets. We learn where they came from, what inspires them, and how gender figures into their lives and their art." - Elaine Kim, Asian Women United ~ "A poetically conceived anthology of Asian American women poets, this documentary is a rare treat, presenting live footage of some of the finest female voices in Asian American writing today." - Linden Chubin, Asia Society Notes ~ Chicago Asian American Film Festivals ~ Toronto International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival ~ Not Hollywood: A Feminist Film Festival, SUNY New Paltz ~ Vermont Women's Film Festival ~ Seoul Women's Film Festival Award ~ CINE Golden Eagle Award in Non-Broadcast

DVD (Color) / 2001 / () / 60 minutes

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HOW TO APPRECIATE POETRY

Show readers what to look for in great poetry! Young actors present all the important elements of poetry, including alliteration, consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia, internal rhyme, end rhyme, iambic pentameter, and more.

DVD / 1999 / (Grade 6 or above) / 44 minutes

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WRITER TO WRITER: WRITING POETRY

In this conversation between friends, two former classmates, now published poets and good friends, share anecdotes as they discuss early influences on their work. They stresses the importance of writing about what you know while daring beginning writers to go beyond what you know to give yourself the opportunity to be someone else. They discuss poetry as storytelling and stress the importance of voice.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 1996 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / Approx. 27 minutes

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SONNETS, THE: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

APPROACH A variety of approaches has been taken to the study of these three sonnets. Students are given the opportunity to evaluate the structure, develop close readings of the text, compare sonnets and interpret different readings of the sonnets. INTERACTION Students are encouraged to develop their own reading of the sonnets and value their own interpretation. The strategies provided are designed to encourage confidence in students and to give them a voice. Rather than being given a definitive interpretation, students are involved in a process of discovery and exchange their views to arrive at an understanding of the texts in question and a greater appreciation of the sonnet form.

DVD / 1993 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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BEAUTY OF HAIKU POETRY, THE

Learn the majestic and creative history behind the Japanese art of haiku poetry. This stupendous program describes the exquisite haiku style, including word usage and proper structure as well as the simplistic nature theme of the genre.

DVD / 1987 / (Grade 6 or above) / 28 minutes

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POETIC EXPERIENCE, THE

This program provides a simple, lyrical introduction to such poetic elements as word selection, rhythm, form, imagery, meter, simile, metaphor and rhyme. Instructive points are demonstrated by examples from Shakespeare, cummings, Whitman, Ciardi, Ferlinghetti, Booth, Horne, Williams, Cullen, MacLeish and Marianne Moore.

DVD / 1978 / () /

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POETRY OF ROCK: A REFLECTION OF HUMAN VALUES

The emotional content and the poetic techniques found in rock lyrics are examined in this program, which is ideally suited to introduce students to the universality of human values, to such poetic tools as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, symbolism and allegory and to lyric, dramatic and narrative poetic forms. Hit songs from the 1950's through the 1970's are used, and students are encouraged to compare the poetry of rock with more traditional forms.

DVD / 1975 / () / 40 minutes

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FORMS OF LITERATURE: POETRY

Students are introduced to the basic poetic techniques and the endless variety of poetic forms and subjects poets have used over the centuries. The enormous possibilities of poetic expression are explored through works by cummings, Shakespeare, Edward Lear, Wordsworth, Millay, Donne, Corso, Dorothy Parker, Homer, Keats, Roethke, Hart Crane, Pound, Yeats, Coleridge and Pablo Neruda. Students eventualoly examine a Shakepearean sonnet and analyze successive drafts of poems by Dylan Thomas, Dickinson, and Williams

DVD / / () / 41 minutes

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POETRY OF IRELAND

Featuring the works of Irish poets Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, Brendan Kennelly and more! Presented & Narrated by Kathleen Watkins The Poetry of Ireland is filmed in breathtaking locations throughout Ireland. This engaging program offers a spectacular visual tour of Ireland and its poetry. It also provides an informative overview into the lives of the gifted Irish poets whose works continue to capture the imaginations of poetry lovers worldwide. Program Includes: ~ In Memory of Mother by Patrick Kavanagh ~ Wee Hughie by Elizabeth Shane ~ Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney ~ I See You Dancing, Father by Brendan Kennelly ~ The Deserter by Rita Ann Higgins ~ Lake Isle of Innisfree by W.B. Yeats ~ Old Woman of the Roads by Padraic Colum ~ If I Were a Lady by Percy French ~ The Mother by Padraic Pearse ~ The Cloths of Heaven by W.B. Yeats ~ The Stones by Brendan Kennelly ~ Death of Mother by Seamus Heaney ~ The Terrorist's Wife by Angela Green ~ The Wayfarer by Padraic Pearse

DVD (Color) / / () / 38 minutes

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RAINER MARIA RILKE - LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was one of the twentieth-century's finest and most influential poets. This program interweaves extracts from his letters and readings from his Duineser Elegien (Duino Elegies), the intensely personalized visions which are the culmination of his literary achievement. The biographical details of his restless and emotionally-troubled life add substantially to an appreciation of his complex, philosophical work, which is left, without critical analysis, to speak for itself.

DVD (Color, Black and White) / / () / 41 minutes

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SIX POETS: SEARCHING FOR RHYME AND REASON

Providing extensive biographical profiles and readings from each writer's most famous works, this series explores the lives and literary legacies of six major poets: John Donne, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and W. H. Auden. John Donne: Synonymous with metaphysical poetry, John Donne combined wit with passion, startling diction with curious contrasts. This program chronicles his extraordinary life as lawyer, lover, sailor, father, preacher, and poet. Manuscripts and paintings are combined with readings from many of Donne's most famous writings, including "The Flea," "Elegy XX," "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "The Calm," "Progress of the Soul," "Holy Sonnet XVII," "Meditation XVII," and "Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness." Walt Whitman: A self-styled sketch runs, "Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos." He could have added journalist, carpenter, nurse, and one of the greatest poets in English. This program presents a unique literary biography, tracing Whitman's childhood, various careers, and the evolution of the masterpiece that proved his lifelong work, Leaves of Grass. A collage of photos, paintings, and manuscripts accompanies excerpts of letters from Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as readings from sections of Leaves of Grass, such as "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "Native Moments." Emily Dickinson: While many of her literary peers achieved notoriety, "the woman in white" remained virtually unknownˇXby choice. The self-imposed obscurity of Emily Dickinson is just one of many aspects of her life that this program explores. Blending daguerreotypes, paintings, manuscripts, excerpts from Dickinson's letters, and readings from nearly a dozen of her poems, this program presents the biography of one of America's most unique and influential voices in poetry. Ezra Pound: Ezra Pound wielded tremendous influence on the 20th century's literature while he cut a controversial path through its politics. His challenge, "make it new," became Modernism's touchstone. This program follows his life's extraordinary course, from his collaborations with Yeats and Eliot through his years of detention at St. Elizabeths Hospital. A wealth of photographs and manuscripts is blended with readings from his letters, essays, and poems, including "Meditatio," "In a Station of the Metro," and selections from his epic work, The Cantos. T.S. Eliot: As a poet, T. S. Eliot did not just modernize, he revolutionized. As critic and publisher, he informed literary theory and promoted a generation of major young writers. This richly resourced program provides a concise biography of Eliot, tracing the key events of his life and highlighting his many contributions to English literature. The program features readings and excerpts from his major poems and critical work, including "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "Sweeney among the Nightingales," "Gerontion," "The Hollow Men," "Ash Wednesday," The Wasteland, Four Quartets, and The Sacred Wood. W.H. Auden: A prolific virtuoso of poetic forms and techniques, W. H. Auden achieved literary fame on both sides of the Atlantic. This program traces his life's story and provides a sampling of his very best works, including "Musee des Beaux Arts," "In Memory of W. B. Yeats," "Epitaph on a Tyrant," "Leap Before You Look," and "The Shield of Achilles."

6 DVDs / / () / 120 minutes

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VICTORIAN POETS, THE

Features the works of favorite Victorian poets, including Tennyson, Browning, Hopkins and others. This fascinating program provides a revealing look into the great works of this period, plus filmed reconstructions which depict life during the Victorian Era. It also gives the modern viewer a unique look at a school of poetry which was, foremost, a reflection of its time. Featuring: The poets - their lives and works - The poems - Historical context - Expert comment, interpretation and analysis by Dr. Robert Woof of Rydell Mount Cumbria, Dr. Julia North of De Montford University, Leicester, and Derrick Woolf, the custodian of Coleridge Cottage in Somerset.

DVD (Region 1, Color) / / () / 50 minutes

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