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Synergism of poetry and movies

Postby mirjana » Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:12 pm

It starts with introduction of Whitman...


It continues with Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" ...


The moment of personal awareness when one transcends ...
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Re: Synergism of poetry and movies

Postby Sabina » Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:28 pm

"...these are what we stay alive for."

Beautiful compilation Mirjana! <3

Dead Poets Society is a must-see movie, which can open many doors, even if they were closed until then.

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Splendor in the Grass

Postby mirjana » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:38 pm

Splendor in the Grass is American movie from 1961.The story is written by William Inge. Elia Kazan was working on a production of Inge’s play The Dark at the Top of the Stars in 1957 when Inge suggested him to write a book about people from Kansas with whom he was growing up in 1920s. They agreed about it and Inge wrote both, first the book and then the screenplay.
The title is taken from a line of William Wordsworth's poem "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood":
What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind...

This is very important moment from the movie when this poem is discussed awakening strong emotions by the main character Deanie, overwhelmed over Bud's, the love of her life, split with her.

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How to be a captain of our soul?

Postby mirjana » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:07 pm

How to be a captain of our soul?

“Invictus” is Latin word for “unconquerable.” It is also the name of the poem written by British poet William Ernest Henley and the name of the movie produced and directed by Clint Eastwood. Both these pieces of art are the inspiration to greatness.

The same as the message of the poem, the message of the movie is that our respond to challenges in life should be unconquerable spirit.

“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

The poet himself had such a spirit. In the age of 12 he has got tuberculosis in the bone. He had to have his leg amputated to the knee, but he didn’t follow the advice of doctors to amputate the other leg in order to survive. By doing that he has proven to be the captain of his soul who was having active life of a poet and literary critic, with his poem as life guidance.

“Invictus” by Clint Eastwood


This inspiring poem has moved many and has got its glorious presentation in this movie produced and directed by Clint Eastwood and released in 2009, playing the role of Nelson Mandela by Morgan Freeman and the role of the captain of national rugby team, Springbok, by Matt Damon.

It is a noble, compassionate and moving story about that how Nelson Mandela turned the national rugby Springbok into a unifying force that helped people of his country to overcome their wounds of apartheid.

After he has been released from prison on Robben Island, in 1990, the main work of Nelson Mandela was to bring apartheid to the end. When he was elected for the President of South Africa, his whole work was dedicated to unify his country which was still deeply suffering from apartheid damages. As a harmonizing bridge for two extreme opposites, fear of white and growing aspirations of black, he saw Springboks, the rugby national team.

Introducing a Victorian poem Invictus, written by William Ernest Henley, to the captain of Springbok, François Pienaar, he inspired his greatness teaching him to spread the same spirit within his team by telling him how he was inspired with the same spirit of that poem during the challenging time in prison.

In this moving and inspiring scene Nelson Mandela says to him:

“How do we inspire our self to greatness when nothing less will do? How do we inspire everyone around us? I sometimes think it is by using the work of others. On Robben Island, when things got very bad, I found inspiration in the Victorian poem…just words, but they helped me to stand when all I wanted to do was to lie down.”


Both great artists, Henley and Eastwood, in two different fields of art, literature and cinematography and in two different periods of time have pointed out the way to greatness. Transcending fear and having goal higher than personal life transform our soul into the powerful force capable to change dreams into reality.


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