Some time ago my SoundCloud friend Mark introduced me to The Dangling Conversation. I thought I knew pretty much all of Simon and Garfunkel’s well known songs… but I was so wrong, I’d never heard this one.
I absolutely loved it and found myself drawn to listen to this delightful song again and again. One day while listening, I suddenly realised it might make an interesting poem for one of my spoken word creations. And here it is… with a simple video included. I also uploaded a version to my SoundCloud page.
I find it very interesting to speak poetry that isn’t mine. It helps form a different pattern in my mind on how to speak and how to write poems. We all have patterns that are part of how we think, which is perfectly natural, but it’s good to introduce something different now and then. It helps reduce limitations and expands the writer on the inside.
After I recorded my version of The Dangling Conversation I did some more research on the song and found a 1968 black and white film of a High School teacher reading the lyrics in the process of teaching her class poetry. I thought it was absolutely wonderful to see that.
I read in the video comments below from someone who was a pupil at that school during the time of the filming, they said the teacher was called Ms London.
I love the way she saw those lyrics as pure poetry and not just a song… such a cool teacher!
The Dangling Conversation is from Simon and Garfunkels Parsely, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme album. If you’ve not heard it yet please take a listen, it’s a beautiful album.
“Dulce et Decorum est” is a poem written by Wilfred Owen during World War I, and published posthumously in 1920. The Latin title is taken from the Roman poet Horace and means “it is sweet and honorable…”, followed by pro patria mori, which means “to die for one’s country”. Owen’s poem is known for its horrific imagery and condemnation of war.
I came across this poem a few days ago, and thought it was a powerful statement of the reality of war. Dulce et Decorum est is just one of a collection of poetry readings remembering World War 1 (Channel 4 2013). You can watch the other poems read various British actors on this You Tube channel.
London Grammar is one of those new bands I accidentally discovered recently on one of my You Tube trips! I love Hannah Reid’s haunting voice, and I’m looking forward to see what they come up with next. Here’s a live version of this song. If you want to hear more of their music visit their You Tube or SoundCloud page, also Wikipedia or their website. .