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We’re proud to share the words of our staff, volunteers and placement students and we hope you enjoy reading their thoughts. This is a very short read, with stanzas musing on the constancy of the human condition and how we really haven’t come so far from the days when Zeus and Hera might have walked among us.

Tempest’s gods and heroes are the everyday characters, the little people who keep getting up and keep carrying on despite all odds. The main story running through the poem, telling the story of a group of young people growing up in modern times, one the product of an affair, one unloved by his father, getting in trouble, their lives spiralling out of control and becoming more violent is brilliantly executed. Kae Tempest shows how the old myths still live on in our everyday acts of violence, bravery, sacrifice and love – and that our lives make tales no less dramatic and powerful than those of the old gods. An ancient god’s name here, a examination of modern godhood there, but overall much of this analogy, and especially of Tempest’s ancient inspirations, remained unexplored. The scope is epic, but the drama has the sort of exquisite fragility that only comes from brilliant writing about the most ordinary of souls.Kate started her writing as a rapper outside London, and that comes across in word choice, rhythm, and the way the poems scream for performance. They received Mercury Music Prize nominations for both of the albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos , and two Ivor Novello nominations for their song-writing on The Book of Traps and Lessons .

The one thing Tempest did not manage to achieve quite so successfully, in my opinion, was the ‘plot’ of her poem and especially its links to ancient heroism. And I have to add that reading this book with the author reading it + the music was excellent, it added a real tension, an authentic atmosphere. L'abilità narrativa nei poemi in versi della Tempest è encomiabile, poiché mantenere il ritmo della storia attraverso la poesia e le rime non è cosa da tutti. Kate Tempest is a very skilled poet with a knack for language, but I wasn't entirely sold on the 'plot' of this long poem and her juxtaposition of ancient heroes and modern-day Londoners.If you're up for a verse novel that's really good - a lot more demanding than this, but well worth it - try Anthony Burgess's "Byrne". Now, we are informed at the beginning that this is poetry meant to be read aloud, and like song, I suspect, it carries a lot more punch, and its inadequacies are somewhat hidden, when performed by someone of talent. In the end, I was kind of fascinated with this as the ultimate incarnation of something I really don't like; and it's absolutely not without power, in a way that really banal things sometimes are.

Kate Tempest is also skilled at evoking complete scenes from rather minimalist descriptions and at creating vivid imagery. Fuck me, but I'd rather be watching "Downton": at least no-one pretends that that anti-socialist fantasy is contemporary. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Tempest's remarkable stage presence is wholly audible in this poem, a spoken story written to be told with live music. If Homer got bladdered with Ken Loach in a south London pub, they might come up with something like this.We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. One thing I noticed it that some of the wording on the audio differs from the printed version, and in most cases the words used on the audio are better. Kae Tempest is one of the most exciting and innovative performers to have emerged in spoken-word poetry in many years: this dramatic poem won the prestigious Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry.

I really like Greek Mythology and loved how Kate played around with it, finding examples of ancient God’s in everyday people. It is entirely possible that this issue is one I only noticed because I read the poem instead of listening to it being performed; I might not have paid so much attention to the narrative structure otherwise. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. This is just so much better than any piece of Art or performance I've experienced in a very long time, possibly ever.And so what you get instead is this artificial geezery ecosystem that kind of people who read poetry can look into as a kind of class sublime: we can thrill a bit to these meaningless pub-n-thud lives before going back to Waitrose. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Kate Tempest is indeed a skilled wordsmith, and Brand New Ancients showcases the full range of her lyrical talent, stylistic repertoire, and linguistic creativity. The blurb for Brand New Ancients praises Kate Tempest as one of the UK’s most innovative spoken word poets, and for once that praise seems both absolutely genuine and completely appropriate. I had heard about this and loved other such Ancient-Modern fusion stuff like some of Gaiman's works or Alice Oswald's Memorial or Atwood's the Penelopiad or Anders Nilsen's Rage of Poseidon, etc.



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