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How Poetry Can Change The Way You Make Movies

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Poetry has always been treated as an alien subject and as a difficult art to understand, in contrast to which it holds within itself the most simplest of all understandings and experiences of human encounter.

Movies also try to attempt the same. A film is shot in billions of stills, and that every segment of it in collection describes a scene. In layman terms, if I have to explain poetry to a person who makes a film, I would say that one of the best shot scenes and moments in a film is not different than an imagery in poetry.

A film without the essential touch of imageries is like a phone that comes without an external camera lens. Like how an external lens in a DLSR provides a better and more authentic field of depth, likewise the understanding of imageries in poetry can help enhance better field of depth in films—in terms of portraying a scene in a more realistic, authentic and detailed manner—to make the experience of that scene more thought provoking and profoundly impactful.

Apart from many other literary devices used in poetry, imagery is the one that provides the most experiential context, especially with narrative poetry. Imagery colours the very shade of thoughts mentioned in poetry and moulds it into an experience that one can relate even more. Imagery in poetry is like a microscopic reflection of one’s experience—detailed with every single breath more intense than the previous.

Film makers are also peculiar about how the scene unfolds and how the elements presented in every shot collectively leverages the meaning and intensity of that particular scene.

Reading poetry can enhance your current understanding of imageries and how it can affect a shot in a film—how it can help in manifesting every single scene that you take into an intriguing mesmerise.

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