Poetry Is the New Rock'n'roll: There's a Record to Prove It
Macdonald, Marianne, The Independent (London, England)
Poetry in the movies, poetry in the papers, poetry on the Tube and now poetry in the world of rock . . . can nothing stop poetry's advance?
The release of an album of rock songs of the poems of WB Yeats - featuring The Cranberries, Shane MacGowan, Van Morrison, and The Waterboys - means poetry has become officially hot.
Now and in Time to Be, to be released by Grapevine Records on Monday week, will feature the words of Yeats classics such as "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death", "He Wishes For The Cloths of Heaven" and "Under Ben Bulben", and even the great artist himself reciting "The Lake Isle of Innisfree". Yeats, it seems, is to be the next Big Thing. The trend started with Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the actor John Hannah's gut-wrenching rendition of Auden's "Funeral Blues" - "He was my North, my South, my East and West,/ My working week and my Sundays rest" - and it snowballed from there. A slim and cunningly edited selection of Auden poems, including "Funeral Blues", sold frenziedly in bookshops across the country. Auden experienced a boom. Then the Government woke up to the phenomenon and used footage of Hannah from Four Weddings in a hard- hitting road-safety campaign featuring videos of dead children. Poems on the Underground has fuelled the phenomenon with its highly praised campaign to get verse on the Tube. This has pushed up sales of the poetry it features, and the initiative is spreading worldwide with recent …
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Publication information: Article title: Poetry Is the New Rock'n'roll: There's a Record to Prove It. Contributors: Macdonald, Marianne - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: January 26, 1997. Page number: 10. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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