Poetry in Motion (Pictures): Part 8

By Liz Mannion of the Ritz Cinema, Thirsk.


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

Seabiscuit (Gary Ross, 2003) – Emily Dickinson, We Never Know. Based on a novel about an underdog of a racehorce Seabiscuit is a film that beautifully documents an against-all-odds yarn during the tail end of The Great Depression. It stars Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire who are trying to coax Seabiscuit into fulfilling his true potential and simultaneously solve their financial difficulties. Dickinson’s words deliciously accent the formidable challenge and adversity they face:

We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.

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2 responses to “Poetry in Motion (Pictures): Part 8

  1. Love the horse and the poem. An all round winner this one. Good choice Libby!

  2. As with the old jalopy in The Grapes of Wrath, Seabiscuit is the ticket to get away from the hopelessness of The Great Depression. Emily Dickinson reminds us that we are mostly creatures of habit and familiarity. But, in times of great adversity, we have within us an ability to achieve extraordinary feats. Liz Manion’s short extracts continue to beautifully enlighten the reader of moments where cinema and poetry intertwine delicately, powerfully.

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