Animating Poetry: Whose line is It anyway?

Creation & critique of shared language in poetry animation

  • Susan Hanna Norwich University of the Arts (UK)


This paper provides a detailed analysis of an example of personal practice in the creation of collaborative contemporary poetry animation as an example of Ecstatic Truth.  It cites a rationale for translation, transcription and remodeling of poems into new animated visual and sonic experiences.  This investigation into creation and critique of shared language between poetry and animation includes critical commentary and some historical context, as well as supplying comparative exemplars from poets, animators and collaborators. It suggests that poetry animation is an emergent genre in its own right, and that this has expanding potential for engaging specialist and non-specialist audiences.