Nationality: U.K.

“Methought I saw my late espoused Saint…” by John Milton

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Sonnet 23 by John Milton

Recited by Ian Richardson, from the 1984 TV series “Six Centuries of Verse,” directed by Richard Mervyn

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138

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Poem by William Shakespeare

Film by Dave McKean

Hat-tip: Dr. Omed

The Ruin (anonymous Anglo-Saxon)

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Anonymous Anglo-Saxon poem

Film by Stuart Lee (including the reading and translation)

The anachronistic contrast between modern ruins and Anglo Saxon language and costume is extremely effective here. Kudos to Mr. Lee, and I hope more Anglo-Saxon poetry videos are in the offing.

Alphabet by Natalie d’Arbeloff

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Video by British artist Natalie d’Arbeloff. I think it’s interesting how the poem here is intrinsic to the film itself; the text would be difficult to extract and fairly meaningless as a static object without the interplay with the images.

The Other Woman by Lizzie Whyman

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Poem by Lizzie Whyman

Film by Alex Kinsey

Another video interpretation of the poem, an animation by Charlotte Johnson, is also worth watching, though unfortunately embedding has been disabled. Watch it here.

Both videos were commissioned by New Writing North.

Burger Man by Gaia Holmes

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Poem by Gaia Holmes

Film by Sharon Keighley, with narration by Lela Keighley

Thanks to Michelle at Peony Moon for bringing the work of this fine English poet to my attention.

Holy Island by Deborah Buchan

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http://youtu.be/OzAOGh5FaF8

Poem by Deborah Buchan (text here)

Film by Dawn Furness

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Film by Philip Shotton

Both these videos were “commissioned by New Writing North, the literature development agency for the north east of England.”