Top Ten: Classic Poems

Paul Casey and Colm Scully, organisers and judges of the Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer poetry festival and poetry film competition in Cork (Ireland), have collaborated on their top ten films that feature classic poems from a wide range of writers. Their range of selections begin with Lewis Carroll with Jabberwocky written in 1871 in England, and conclude with Pablo Neruda, in 20th century Chile, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature 100 years later in 1971.

Lewis Carroll
Filmmaker: Sjaak Rood

When it comes to marching
Bertholt Brecht
Filmmaker: Andrea Malpede

The Peace of Wild Things
Wendell Berry
Filmmakers: Charlotte Ager & Katy Wang

Hope is the thing with feathers
Emily Dickinson
Filmmaker: Dave Bonta

Percy Bysshe-Shelley
Filmmaker: Alvaro Lamarche Toloza

Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower
Rainer Maria Rilke
Filmmaker: Matt Huynh & Mila Nery

Lightenings viii
Seamus Heaney
Filmmaker: Eoghan Kidney

W B Yeats
Filmmaker: Don Carey

Toads Revisited
Philip Larkin
An excerpt from a BBC programme (Monitor, 1964, UK) with John Betjeman interviewing Philip Larkin.

Tonight I can Write
Pablo Neruda
Filmmaker: Lorena Col

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