REIMAGINING POETRY CLASSICS FOR THE MODERN AGE

Spoken word artists Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish, Joelle Taylor and Dizraeli cast a new light on some classic, canonical page poems.

Created as part of the Poetry Society’s Page Fright project — which uses hip hop and spoken word to introduce canonical poetry to young people — four of today’s most prominent spoken word artists have taken to the studio to bring new life to four well-established and venerated poems.

As well as Hollie McNish’s take on The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson above, Benjamin Zephaniah has performed Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas, Dizraeli has tackled Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Joelle Taylor has shown a new side to Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen.

As well as encouraging us to look at the classics differently, each writer has also performed a piece of their own and given an interview about their writing, and their chosen poet’s influence on their work. To watch all of the films, head over to the Page Fright section of the Poetry Society’s website.