Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen my retweet earlier this month of this fantastic comic strip version of the first part of T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. (I wanted to reblog it, but for some reason that option isn’t showing up for me…)

I have an appreciation for older, classic literary works and love seeing them interpreted in new ways. I was immediately compelled and impressed by Julian Peters’ comic, with illustrations that wonderfully matches the evocative – and provocative – imagery of the original poem. After a flurry of positive feedback, he is working on completing the rest of his comic strip adaptation (and looking into the possibilities of publishing it as well).

If you’re already familiar with Prufrock, it is a unique way to reacquaint yourself with the poem or a novel introduction to this classic for newcomers.

Head on over, following the link above, to read it! You can also read more about the poem and how it was written here. Below, listen to T.S. Eliot read his poem.

A Fun and Delightful Recording of “Jabberwocky”

When you have a moment, listen to this fun recording of “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll – with a surprise ending! It might even make you laugh. It was recorded with the iF Poems app (available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad) – a delightful app that I have intended to review for some time here. Perhaps this will provide some incentive for me to finally review it!

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Ok!  I just got the If Poems App recently in the iTunes App Store, and it is both cool and delightful!  You can read poems, listen to a selection of the poems being read professionally to you – including some by Helena Bonham Carter! and also some by Tom Hiddleston! – AND some you can even read aloud, record in your own voice, AND email to friends and family (these would be public domain ones).

(Should you have an iDevice (iPod/iPhone/iPad, etc.) and are a lover of poetry, please do note that the app is not universal, here meaning that if you purchase it for your iPod/iPhone, and you happen to also have an iPad, you cannot just download it to your iPad, but must purchase the iPad version separately.)

Ok!  After I listened to Bill Nighey read “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll, I decided to have some fun with the…

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With Every Bubble

There are two lines in the Florence + the Machine song, “Dog Days Are Over”, that for me is a particular hook in the first part before the chorus,

“With every bubble, she sank with her drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink.”

That particular lyric blows me away every time. It’s beautifully poignant, and speaks a wonderful poetry. It’s also unexpected: bubbles and sinking are not associations one normally thinks; if nothing else, bubbles, like those in champagne, lift. Juxtaposition at its finest.

(My other favourite song from Lungs is “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)”, in particular the lyrics: “And in the spring I shed my skin/And it blows away with the changing wind”.)

One day while playing “Dog Days Are Over” on loop, I Googled “Florence Welch poetry” and discovered a BBC radio series called Rhyme and Reason with Florence reading poetry and discussing it. It was also, thankfully, uploaded by someone on to YouTube and that was how I was able to listen to it. (Unfortunately, it seems the BBC website for Rhyme and Reason does not exist anymore.)

Videos are embedded after the jump.

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