Leonard Cohen VS John Keats

Leonard Cohen VS John Keats

After our previous ten-minute video on the quote by John Keats – ‘The poetry of the earth is never dead’ and linking it with a song by Leonard Cohen we felt we needed to further go into depth about this. We looked further into some of Leonard Cohen’s song and found that the song ‘The Future’ said some things about what the future will be like, we overlaid this song into an ‘inspirational quotes’ video displaying the poetry of the earth.


I felt this piece was slightly different to the previous and took a more satirical manner of looking at inspirational speeches and when there was silence we’d interject with the harsh quotes such as

‘Give me back the Berlin wall
Give me Stalin and St Paul
Give me Christ
or give me Hiroshima
Destroy another fetus now
We don’t like children anyhow
I’ve seen the future, baby:
it is murder’


This ultimately shocks the audience after watching inspirational quotes from kid president and such famous historical figures such as Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King Jr.


Feedback from the class stated that the piece was a bit static and we could of made more movement within and interacted with the piece more as the inspirational quotes section got a bit repetitive.


If we did this piece again we’d probably include more performance elements maybe act out the inspirational quotes as the actual historical figures. Also would of made the piece more interactive and immersive in nature to fit with the previous piece.


After discussion we decided we like the video element of this piece but not so much the serious satirical nature, and decided we’d rather do immersive theatre rather that performance element drama.

Ben Eva

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