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JULY 24, 2009

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"So We'll Go No More A-Roving"


Here’s a clever way to get the kids interested in classic poetry— the ingenious video pairing of punk rockers the King Blues and the 1817 Lord Byron poem “So We’ll Go No More A-Roving.”

Corin Hardy, a London-based artist with Academy Films, was commissioned by the BBC to make a short viral film for their Poetry Season in an attempt to make poetry more accessible to British youths. His 75-second spot features lead singer Jonny Fox (a.k.a. “Itch”) of the local band the King Blues reciting Lord Byron’s classic stanzas (with a perfect rocker snarl) as end-of-the-show chaos swirls artfully and in slow motion behind him onstage. And it works! After all, Lord Bryon was once described by his lover as “mad, bad and dangerous to know,” and this poem boasts such lines as “though the night was made for loving.” What could be more rock ’n’ roll?

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