Poetry in Motion (Pictures): Part 10

By Liz Mannion of the Ritz Cinema, Thirsk.


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

The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993) – Silence, Thomas Hood – Yes ok I’ve gone and saved the best till last; a personal favourite. Quite possibly the most stunning ending to a movie you could ever wish for as Ada McGrath’s (Holly Hunter) voice speaks to us through the words of Thomas Hood as she disappears for a new life with Harvey Keitel. This moment is made all the more poignant by the fact that Ada McGrath is a mute character who spends the film having to find other ways than words to express her emotions. 

 There is a silence where hath been no sound, 
There is a silence where no sound may be, 
         In the cold grave–under the deep, deep sea,

 Ok, I know what you’re thinking: where’s Rudyard Kipling in Apocalypse Now? W B Yeats in Million Dollar Baby? Or even poems from Blade Runner, The History Boys and of course Invictus.  Any thoughts on what I’ve missed out in this series will be gratefully received. With only 10 entries there obviously isn’t room for all of them.  The quest for the perfect movie poem continues…

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