P is for Prue who died from poetry adaptations

Adaptations of poems on YouTube are usually dreadful. Typically, this is because, unlike many of the poets, the adapters are thuddingly literal-minded: Poet mentions sun, video of sun appears; poet is in love, hand-clasping lovers stroll by. Seeing as Edward Gorey already provides illustrations for the amusingly alphabeticized child deaths in The Gashlycrumb Tinies, it's not surprising that YouTube already features a dozen predictable readings and animated productions.

And then there's Charleyten's version. The musical accompaniment may be a bit trite (Gorey would have probably preferred a ballet), but the comic transposition is simple yet droll, while the voiceover achieves a perfect pitch, a melancholy deadpan.

September 16, 2007 9:27 PM |



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