Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Poetry in Motion (Pictures) Part 6

Clockwork Mice (Vadim Jean, 1995) – The Song of the Ungirt Runners, C H Sorley. Clockwork Mice is a little-known British gem starring Ian Hart who starts a running club at a challenging school. It is through poetry and physical sporting activities that Hart manages to make a connection with his most difficult students. The film itself deals with extremely raw and sensitive issues and thus the choice of C H Sorley, a poet who died in the first world war, is in many ways a fitting one. The film features a truly stirring poem which provides a calm counter-balance to the difficult environment where the characters work.

The rain is on our lips,
We do not run for prize.
But the storm the water whips
And the wave howls to the skies.
The winds arise and strike it
And scatter it like sand,
And we run because we like it
Through the broad bright land.

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