Beast-mode Poetry #atozchallenge2017

I owe much of my love for poetry to a certain TV series and actor Ron Perlman. Seriously.

In 1987, the series Beauty and the Beast (BATB) starring Ron and Linda Hamilton started airing. However, it did not immediately reach our shores, so to speak. Exactly when I saw it, I do not remember, although my guess would be in 1989. But its impact on me has lived with me since then.

It was a beautiful show and much of what made it beautiful to me, at least, was the premise of a “beast” with a golden voice always waxing poetic. He was a well-read creature always reading such lovely poems! And that voice!

Yes, that voice is forever embedded in my memory. That’s especially because when I reached college, someone introduced me to BATB’s Of Love and Hope official soundtrack. OF COURSE, I just had to borrow and listen to it. I did until I decided to have my own copy. Oh, bliss!!!

Ron really did justice to the poems. I fell in love with the poems. I hardly even remember the music, in fact, I often skipped the music to get to the poems! They were made more beautiful by his deep and romantic voice, romantic in the more sentimental way. I cannot read/recite any of those poems without being on “beast-mode” and reading them his way.

So if anyone ever notices why I watch some movies because Ron’s in it, it’s because I have somehow made him a friend.

If you miss the show and the poems, or would like to know what I am talking about, I have taken the liberty of finding videos for you where Vincent recites Cummings, Frost, Rilke and others. I tried to post them in an order based on what I most love, but there were those I could not decide on. So let’s just say they are in random order.

But first, the most popular audio from the show. This was the show’s theme song, The First Time I Loved Forever (sung by Liza Angelle). In-between parts are readings of excerpts from e. e. cummingssomewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond. The whole poem follows the video. BTW, the list is not complete as I could not find vids of the others.

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look will easily unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost

Longing by Matthew Arnold

I Arise from Dreams of Thee by Percy Bysshe Shelley

This is the Creature by Rainier Maria Rilke

You, Darkness by Rainier Maria Rilke

That’s it. For sure, you loved them! I am virtually hugging Ron right now :>

And now, as bonus, we have here e. e. cummings actually doing a reading of his poem 🙂

HAPPY POETRY MONTH!!!

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Love poetry? Let us know what you thought of this! Which is your favorite BATB poem? Just drop a comment or two below.

P is for “Poetry”

This piece serves as my Letter P post for the A to Z Challenge 2017.

I am creating a page for my A to Z Challenge 2017 posts. Meanwhile, to check for my past posts, kindly check out As Lovely as a Tree. Not for any other reason except that’s where I last listed down my post titles.

 

Going Disney #WhatsupWednesday

Hey, wazzup, wazzup! It occurred to  me that for the holiday season, I’d like it to be more merry, so I am sharing some funny stuff. Hope you liked yesterday‘s post 😉

For #WhatsupWednesday, I thought I’d go Disney. (For the record, I never dreamed about being a princess when I was a kid.)

Let’s start with Whitney Avalon singing an original “Anna” song, That Would Not Be Me…

Nice one, Anna–I mean, Whitney. I only found Whitney and her YouTube channel when I chanced upon her impressive Princess Rap Battles features. Props to you, girl!…There are more Disney princess stuff on her channel, do check them out. To be honest, I haven’t seen her non-rap ones yet, though.

Okay, now we go the princess sorority route. We’ve got Rachel Levin and her friends playing Disney princesses in the real world. I think the vids are fun in a kind of silly way. If you want to be entertained, they could work.

I’ve chosen two of my faves, but to be honest, it’s mainly because of the acerbic Elsa. I don’t really have a fave princess, but in this group, that would be her. I laughed when she said, “Jasmine’s sister is creepy”…Elsa merchandise seem to be everywhere, that’s why. To be honest, too, the Disney Princesses vids are the only ones of theirs I’ve checked out so far (well, except the two superheroes videos, which kind of sucked).

Don’t know their real background, if they just happen to be a bunch of pretty girl friends or what, but anyhoo…

So while we’re on putting Disney princesses in real, modern world scenarios, more of ’em below. How about princeses, too? By the way,

WARNING: SOME S-, B- AND F-BOMBS DROPPED IN ‘EM VIDS

How about if they were in not-so-real scenarios? The Princesses are invading The Real Housewives and The Bachelor!

Alright, I’ve had my fill. Done with this Disney stuff. I also enjoyed them so I hope you did, too 🙂