The power of digital poetry
This activity introduces some of the amazing digital poems that are available on the web.
Watch at least one and reflect on questions that accompany them.
As you view the texts, consider how the composers generate new meanings through the use of still and moving images, filmic techniques, sound effects, voice and music.
When you compare the multimedia versions with the print versions of the original texts, reflect on the ways the meaning(s) of the original poems have been enhanced and/or transformed, and how new meanings have been created.
As you watch, take note of any ideas you could adapt for your own digital poem or song, and record these in your learning log.
- Personal and Spiritual Reflection: ‘Last Night When I was Sleeping’ by Antonio Machado (1903).
- Translating Love - Desire and the Male Gaze: ‘Poema 20 by Pablo Neruda (1924).
- Social Comment and Exhortation: ‘The City of Saba’ by 13th-century Sufi poet, Rumi.
- Cultural encounter: 'Weary Blues' (1923) by Langston Hughes.
- Postmodern Poe: The Simpsons’ version of Edgar Allan Poe’s 'The Raven' (1845).