Poetry film

Poetry film is a subgenre of film that fuses the use of spoken word poetry, visual images, and sound to create a stronger presentation and interpretation of the meaning being conveyed. This fusion of image and spoken word (both independent and interdependent) creates what William Wees called the "Poetry-film" genre. He suggested that "a number of avant-garde film and video makers have created a synthesis of poetry and film that generates associations, connotations and metaphors neither the verbal nor the visual text would produce on its own".[1]

This genre of film was first explored in the 1920s by French Impressionists Germaine Dulac, Louis Delluc, Man Ray, Hans Richter, and others. In the mid-1960s and early 1970s this genre was further explored by the Beat Generation poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, and Herman Berlandt, and developed into a festival held annually at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California.

Poetry film is characterized by its nonlinear narrative style of editing, and stream of consciousness flow of images and spoken words, although linear narration and editing have been used to good effect in the creation of some poetry films (see Narrative). Generally, poetry film is created as a noncommercial production, but some attempts have been made to produce commercial films. Some poetry films have been used as instructional aids in literature classes to illustrate concepts such as allusion, simile, and metaphor.

In 1981, a group in Nashville, Tennessee, experimented with fusing spoken word, images, and sound into what was called "poetry videos". The concept was to create poetry videos, similar to music videos which were gaining popularity at the time, making poetry more acceptable as a commercial product. One video was produced with the assistance of the Tennessee State University communications department but was never commercially released.

One of the most famous poetry films ever produced was aired on the Smothers Brothers Show in 1968. The film was by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and was titled the "Assassination Raga". The film fused images of death, slow sitar music, and Ferlinghetti's spoken word poem about the assassination of the Kennedys.

More recently George Aguilar has developed a TV series of poetry films called Eyestruck. Performance Poet Hedwig Gorski was one of the first to successfully produce and direct her video poem using state arts funding.[2] She received an Artist's Fellowship in 2002 for work fusing poetry and media.[3]

Beginning in the 21st century the genre of poetry films making also reached other parts of the world including India. Several traditional television professionals experimented with the art. In 2007 a non-profit organisation, Sadho, created an exclusive platform for screening of poetry films in India. The Sadho Poetry Film Festival is a biennial international film festival in New Delhi. The first Sadho Poetry Film Festival was organised in the year 2007.

Poetry Film Makers

Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Sidharth Pratap Singh, Parijat Kaul, Anjali Monteiro & K.P Jayasankar (Centre for Media and Cultural Studies), Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl, are some of poetry film makers from India. The list of poet-poetry film makers also includes Sidharth Saxena and Shashwat Mudgal from India and Tahira Rana from the UK.

Mrigankasekhar Ganguly, at his 22, made first poetry film in Bengali 'megh bolechhe' which was screened at Kolkata press club.[4] In 2011 he directed his second poetry film 'Iti Apu' recited by Soumitra Chatterjee.[5] In 2014, he directed Stark Electric Jesus based on the poem written by Malay Roy Choudhury. It breaks the narrative structure and creates a language of poetry in film.

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, is one of the most famous poetry filmmakers, who has received acclaims for his poetry films.


  1. ^ "Poetry-Film & The Film Poem: Some Clarifications". www.studycollection.co.uk.
  2. ^ Louisiana Division of the Arts <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYhTEMnSroI>
  3. ^ "hedwiggorskilitera". sites.google.com.
  4. ^ "Megh Boleche - A Bengali Short Film based on a poem". ওয়াশিংটন বাংলা রেডিও Washington Bangla Radio USA. ওয়াশিংটন বাংলা রেডিও Washington Bangla Radio USA. 21 Aug 2010. Retrieved 21 Aug 2010.
  5. ^ "Poetry Meets Cinema: ITI APU (Bengali, 2011) - A Tribute to Apu Trilogy: A Short Film On A Poem Recited by Soumitra Chatterjee". ওয়াশিংটন বাংলা রেডিও Washington Bangla Radio USA. ওয়াশিংটন বাংলা রেডিও Washington Bangla Radio USA. 1 Aug 2011. Retrieved 1 Aug 2011.
  • Wees, William C., "Poetry-Films and Film Poems" in The Lux website, http://www.lux.org.uk, retrieved on 5 March 2005 also originally published in ‘Film Poems’ programme notes, April 1999

External links

  • George Aguilar and Video Poetry [1]
  • Hedwig Gorski Film Performance Poem Teenager in Nova Scotia [2]
  • one000plateaus: an online resource for those interested in the fusion of poetry, film and music [3]
  • Sadho Poetry Film Festival [4]
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