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New Light on Tony Harrison$
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Edith Hall

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266519

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.001.0001

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A Poet behind the Camera

A Poet behind the Camera

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New Light on Tony Harrison

Peter Symes

British Academy

In this chapter Peter Symes explores Tony Harrison’s film-poems, describing how over the last four decades the poet has constantly experimented and learned from discovery, hard graft, trial and error. Taking three detailed examples, he outlines how Harrison has developed the form, and how the use of verse can intensify and illuminate the visual in ways not possible with prose. Harrison prefaced his major feature film, Prometheus, with Pasolini’s words: ‘to make films is to be a poet’. He has managed to invert that. He is a poet who makes film

Keywords:   Tony Harrison, Peter Symes, Film Poetry, Loving Memory, The Blasphemers’ Banquet, The Shadow of Hiroshima, Prometheus

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