Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Wordsworth the Rapper???

While the link between hip-hop and poetry isn't new, this video from the Cumberland Lake district is certainly... interesting.

The poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, has long been one of the most anthologized of Wordsworth's poems, and it's popularity has been quite a boon to the tourism industry of the British Lake Country. In honor of the poem's 200th anniversary, the Cumbrian tourism website has put together a video "honoring" Wordsworth.

While the hip-hop production is pretty good, it really makes you wonder who got the great idea to put a guy in a giant squirrel costume in it?

In any case, this might be an interesting video to show your students. They'll probably laugh at the video, but it could lead to some interesting projects or at least lend some vitality to your study of the poem.

Anyone have a sudden urge to visit Cumbria?


JasonScott said...

Awesome. It is like Sash Baron Cohen's "Ali G" meets Wordsworth.

Anonymous said...

Keith, thanks for your comment on my blog. I did show this to my students, and of course they loved it, thought it was very funny. We actually read the poem too, and some of the kids did their own rap to it.