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PoetryFilm: Semiotics and Multimodality

Poetry films offer creative opportunities for exploring new semiotic modes and for communicating messages and meanings in innovative ways. Poetry films open up new methods of engagement, new audiences, and new means of self-expression, and also provide rich potential for the creation, perception and experience of emotion and meaning.

»Poetry and film can’t live together«

When I was a first year film student, I made a short documentary about the late Hebrew poet T. Carmi. It was a short documentary that spoke about his life and the poems that he wrote. As a beginner, I tried to find images to show while the poems were read. When I showed the short film to my professors, one of them shook his head and said – poetry is simply not a visual medium – there is no connection between cinema and poetic texts. I didn’t know how to answer that at the time. I felt that he was deeply mistaken. For the rest of my film studies, I didn’t go back this question of the relationship between film and poetry.

Lyrikverfilmung als Thema des Fremdsprachenunterrichts

Lyrikverfilmungen liefern gute Beispiele dafür, dass wir dasselbe Gedicht auf sehr unterschiedliche Art und Weise wahrnehmen können. Sich bewusst zu werden, wie selektiv und subjektiv unsere Wahrnehmung funktioniert, welche unterschiedlichen Bilder in unseren Köpfen entstehen, ist eine faszinierende Herausforderung für den Fremdsprachenunterricht.