"The Childe...More restless than the swallow in the skies..." -Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stanza for a Gothic Christmas Carol

Were we ever worth an oil painting?
We jot ourselves with chalky pencil strokes.
The fiery pixelated hand shall judge.


This indie Irish production gives Charles Dickens's Christmas classic a Macbeth/Gothic treatment. For me, the stars of director Jason Figgis's film are the rich lighting and frequent use of paintings. For a little more info, here is the IMDB page.

Finally, this is the third in a series of stanzas I am writing for A Christmas Carol adaptations. To see the others, head for my Poetry label.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Stanza for George C. Scott's Scrooge


We grinned a lad’s green smile at Fezziwig’s.
Our lips, poised fast, now crack with knowing smirks.
May old red hearts yet pump them full of cheer.


For more information on this 1984 adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, visit its IMDB webpage.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stanza for A Christmas Carol 1938

In black and white, our Past was pretty blonde.
The Present guilts and shames with bearded grin.
So prepped, we’ll plead before a spindling Future.


To further explore this early film adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic, visit the Turner Classic Movies archives.