Poetry in Motion (Pictures): Part 5

By Liz Mannion of the Ritz Cinema, Thirsk.


Poetry in Motion (Pictures) posts are part of a series.

The 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002) – To His Coy Mistress, Andrew Marvell.  Take a film directed by Spike Lee, starring Edward Norton as , convicted New York drug dealer, Monty Brogan living out his final day of freedom before a jail term. Stir in topical post-9/11 references that force the audience to examine the nature of humanity and society. Then add in Philip Seymour Hoffman as a lecturer reciting To His Coy Mistress to his students. The poem simultaneously acts as a metaphor for the day’s events meaning that, as with many of the poems I have featured in this series, the poem becomes inextricably woven into the narrative of the film. A thread that would leave a gaping hole were it ever to be unpicked:

  Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

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2 responses to “Poetry in Motion (Pictures): Part 5

  1. This is indeed a fabulous film and the poem is sublime. Great choice Liz keep up the good work.

  2. Knew part of the poem were used in The Time Traveler’s Wife but didn’t know about this film. Agree with Joe another great choice.

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