My Poetic Eyes – research on quotes from lectures

‘bandits with planes […]
came through the sky to kill children
and the blood of children ran through the streets
without fuss, like childrenʼs blood.’

full text: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/i-m-explaining-a-few-things/

This is apparently a quote from Pablo Neruda’s ‘I’m Explaining a Few Things’. Harold Pinter quoted it in his 2005 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.

Another quote from the poem that got my attention is:

‘…And you’ll ask: why doesn’t his poetry
speak of dreams and leaves
and the great volcanoes of his native land?

Come and see the blood in the streets.
Come and see
The blood in the streets.
Come and see the blood
In the streets!’

I also found a quote from the speech which I think is relevant to our Media course in general:

‘But the real truth is that there never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other.’

full text: http://www.fowlesbooks.com/PinterSpeech.htm – it is worth checking out, a bit long but there are some powerful and important themes discussed.

This reminded me about a song I recently heard, by an Italian act called Black Era:

won’t talk about the money,
nor about the builders,
i’m talking about the earth,
my violated homeground.

three corners three sides,
all poison inside and they sleep.

this way my people die,
eating the government poison.
three corners three sides,
people living that cancer,
the government knows and stands.

Music, poetry, art are a very strong way to get your message across, especially when it comes to political and social problems.

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