Popcorn and Poetry

Feeling like an uninspired couch potato? You can still celebrate National Poetry Month with a movie. I always think of Robin Williams in Dead Poet Society, but how about…

Shakespeare in LoveThis film is a fictional imagining of the endeavors of a young William Shakespeare, played by Joseph Fiennes, and also starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Shakespeare’s love interest, Viola. The dialogue and subject matter is full of allusions to Shakespeare’s work.

SlamPoetry is a means of redemption in this story about a D.C. youth, his incarceration, and dedication to the spoken word poetry scene upon release. Slam luminaries such as Saul Williams (whose poetry punctuates the film) Taylor Mali, and Bob Holman have cameos.

Four Weddings and a Funeral—This romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Andie Macdowell features a pivotal scene containing W. H. Auden’s “Funeral Blues.”

Total Eclipse—This film captures the turbulent, explosive affair between Parisian poets Paul Verlaine, played by David Thewlis, and Arthur Rimbaud, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Find an extensive list of poetry themed movies at Poets.org.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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