Adaptation: Poem to Video
This is a video produced by Baylor student Stephanie Pearson in late 2006. Ms. Pearson created her video around the reading of her favorite poem, “Death of a Naturalist” by Seamus Heaney. That’s an interesting favorite poem. And, as an added bonus, the video includes a bit of singing by Tom Lehrer.
The idea of filming an experience of reading one’s favorite poem is intriguing. Clearly, Ms. Pearson has had to address a number of basic questions about her relationship with the poem, and the poet who wrote it. For example, until I saw this video, the question of who recites a poem to us when we read it off the page never occurred to me.
How would you film your favorite poem?