World Poetry Day 21 March

March 21, 2016

It’s World Poetry Day on 21 March. eTV are showcasing some of their poetry resources to celebrate.

First login to eTV by entering just in the email field, then following the prompts to the Massey login screen. Then click on the links below to access the recordings.

We Are Poets
The poignant tale of six remarkable British teenagers competing in a prestigious poetry competition in Washington D.C. From the streets of inner city Leeds to the stages of the American capital, this documentary charts the personal journeys of poets on the cusp of adulthood, hungry for change and full of fervour.

Good Day – Four Poets
Following the success of the first ‘Student Arts Council’ poets tour in 1975, another was arranged in 1979. This time Hone Tuwhare teamed up with Jan Kemp, Alistair Campbell and Sam Hunt. Again, the tour was a hit, bringing Tuwhare and his poems before a wide and enthusiastic audience.

Shun Li And the Poet
Shun Li is a softly-spoken young Chinese immigrant who is moved from a clothing factory to a new job as a barmaid in Chioggia, a small fishing community on the Venetian lagoon. There she manages the bar and serves the fishermen regulars in halting Italian. Among these is Bepi, nicknamed “The Poet”.

Creative Writing: Poetry
A course for writers, songwriters, poets, and anyone who wants to write more effectively. The course uses musical vocabulary to examine the elements and functions of poetry, exploring how to make things move and stop, stop and move, just like in music – how the composition aspects of poetry create their own music.

Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson
An examination of the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Sure, John Green explores the creepy biographical details of Dickinson’s life, but he also gets into why her poems have remained relevant over the decades.

Poetic stickup: Put the financial aid in the bag
Performance artist Carvens Lissaint shows how to use language, metaphor and imagery to express a powerful idea – as in this spoken word performance, a stirring plea to make college education more accessible.

A Poet’s Guide to Britain
George Mackay Brown
George Mackay Brown was the great poetic voice of the Orkneys and one of the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th century. In the place the locals call the Venice of the North, the Orkney town of Stromness, which was Mackay Brown’s home and the backdrop for much of his work, including his great poem ‘Hamnavoe’.

Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
A documentary film, directed by actor and hard-core hip-hop fan Michael Rapaport, about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history – ‘A Tribe Called Quest’.

Nick Mount on Sylvia Plath’s ‘Ariel’
As part of the ‘Literature for Our Time’ series, University of Toronto English Professor Nick Mount examines Ariel, Sylvia Plath’s posthumously published collection of poems.

Hone Tuwhare
A rare insight into one of New Zealand’s best-loved and most colourful literary figures – poet Hone Tuwhare. Hone Tuwhare was born in Kaikohe, Northland, into the Ngapuhi tribe (hapu Ngati Korokoro, Ngati Tautahi, Te Popoto, Uri-o-hau).

Jim Morrison Rock Poet
Documentary giving an insight into the charismatic frontman of the Jim Morrison Rock Poet, featuring contributions by Oliver Stone, Danny Sugerman, Duke Special and David Crosby.

Resonance, Mali
Much more than than ‘just another film about an African country’. ‘Resonance, Mali’ sets itself apart from other documentaries by meeting the challenge of linking a poetic vision of Mali with a rigorous approach to reality. Enriched by the beauty of the pictures and the music, the text, sets out to be a profound meditation on the future of the country.

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