IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1433: Tongue, Tone, Tune, and Time: The Heritage and Traditions, Movement, and Rhythm of English Poetry over 1,000 Years

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 19.30-20.30

Speaker:Michael George Gibson, Independent Scholar, Knutsford

Michael Gibson is a maker of poems, tunes, and songs, as well as a performer of English poetry from the present day back to its earliest written beginnings in Anglo-Saxon times. Delivering English poetry so far as possible in its original tones, dialects, and rhythms, his work acknowledges and is based upon the very close kinship of poetry and music. Looking for what he likes to call the ‘song-likeness and dancing-ness’ of English poetry, his performance will include the works of Chaucer, the Gawain poet and the anonymous medieval makers of poetry back to Caedmon as well as more recent poets such as Herrick, Marvel, Donne, Shakespeare, and Wyatt.

Michael George Gibson describes himself as a poet, husbandman, and tunemaker. He performs around the country at Arts and Literature Festivals such as those at Buxton, Brighton, Horsham, Swindon, Hexham Abbey, and Whitby; in schools and colleges and universities, such as Manchester and Leeds. In recent years he has presented new translations of The Wanderer, Sir Orfeo and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and lectured on his methods of translation and approach to rhythm at the University of Oxford.