7 years ago
A beautiful poem about the difference between men and women. Thanks to chocogal for introducing me to it! Lyrics: You're Beautiful because you're classically trained. , I'm ugly because I associate piano wire with strangulation. You're beautiful because you stop to read the cards in newsagents' windows about lost cats and missing dogs. I'm ugly because of what 1 did to that jellyfish with a lolly-stick and a big stone You're beautiful because for you, politeness is instinctive, not a marketing campaign I'm ugly because desperation is impossible to hide. Ugly like he is, Beautiful like hers, Beautiful like Venus, Ugly like his, Beautiful like she is, Ugly like Mars. You're beautiful because you believe in coincidence and the power of thought. I'm ugly because I proved God to be a mathematical impossibility You're beautiful because you prefer home-made soup to the packet stuff. I'm ugly because once, at a dinner party, I defended the aristocracy and wasn't even drunk. You're beautiful because you can't work the remote control. I'm ugly because of satellite television and twenty-four hour rolling news. Ugly like he is, Beautiful like hers, Beautiful like Venus, Ugly like his, Beautiful like she is, Ugly like Mars. You're beautiful because you cry at weddings as well as funerals. I'm ugly because I think .of children as another species from a different world. You're beautiful because you look great in any colour including red. I'm ugly because I think shopping is strictly for the acquisition of material goods. You're beautiful because when you were born, undiscovered planets lined up to peep over the rim of your cradle and lay gifts of gravity and light at your miniature feet. I'm ugly for saying 'love at first sight' is another form of mistaken identity and that the most human of all responses is to gloat. Ugly like he is, Beautiful like hers, Beautiful like Venus, Ugly like his, Beautiful like she is, Ugly like Mars. You're beautiful because you've never seen the inside of a car-wash, I'm ugly because I always ask for a receipt. You're beautiful for sending a box of shoes to the third world. I'm ugly because I remember the telephone numbers of ex-girlfriends and the year Schubert was born. You're beautiful because you sponsored a parrot in a zoo. I'm ugly because when I sigh it's like the slow collapse of a circus tent. Ugly like he is, Beautiful like hers, Beautiful like Venus, Ugly like his, Beautiful like she is, Ugly like Mars. You're beautiful because you can point at a man in a uniform and laugh. I'm ugly because I was a police informer in a previous life. You're beautiful because you drink a litre of water and eat three pieces of fruit a day. I'm ugly for taking the line that a meal without meat is a beautiful woman with one eye. You're beautiful because you don't see love as a competition and you know how to lose. I'm ugly because I kissed the FA Cup then held it up to the crowd. You're beautiful because of a single buttercup in the top buttonhole of your cardigan. I'm ugly because I said the World's Strongest Woman was a muscleman in a dress. You're beautiful because you couldn't live in a lighthouse. I'm ugly for making hand-shadows in front of the giant bulb, so when they look up, the captains of vessels in distress see the ears of a rabbit, or the eye of a fox, or the legs of a galloping black horse. Ugly like he is, Beautiful like hers, Beautiful like Venus, Ugly like his, Beautiful like she is, Ugly like Mars. Ugly like he is, Beautiful like hers, Beautiful like Venus, Ugly like his, Beautiful like she is, Ugly like Mars.
6 years ago
Simon Armitage visited Newport's University in March 2012 and read a selection of his work. He also judged a writing competition. Poet and novelist Simon Armitage is undoubtedly the most popular and widely known poet of his 1960s-born generation. His work is regularly anthologised and broadcast on radio and television, and his readings and festival appearances are always well-attended. For more information on English and Creative Writing at Newport visit: http://www.newport.ac.uk/study/subjectareas/english/
6 years ago
Poet and novelist Simon Armitage has been writing about Britain for decades now. In the latest in our National Conversations series of interviews, Armitage talks to John Harris about the obstinate nature of poetry and the culture of violence in Britain that he believes precipitated the UK riots
8 years ago
"The Shout" and "The Christening"
6 years ago
In the first of a new series of poets reading their own work to camera, Simon Armitage presents An Accommodation, from his 2010 collection Seeing Stars, a tale of estranged partners dividing their shared space with a net curtain
7 years ago
Simon Armitage's new collection is by turns a voice and a chorus: a hyper-vivid array of dramatic monologues, allegories, parables and tall tales. Here comes everybody: Snoobie and Carla, Lippincott, Wittmann, Yoshioka, Bambuck, Dr Amsterdam, Preminger. The man whose wife drapes a border-curtain across the middle of the marital home; the English astronaut with a terrestrial outlook on life; an orgiastic cast of unreconstructed pie-worshipers at a Northern sculpture farm; the soap-opera supremacists at their zoo-wedding; the driver who picks up hitchhikers as he hurtles towards a head-on collision with Thatcherism; a Christian cheese-shop proprietor in the wrong part of town; the black bear with a dark secret, the woman who curates giant snowballs in the chest freezer. Celebrities and nobodies, all come to the ball.
3 months ago
Suitable for teaching 14-16s. Simon Armitage performs and describes his poem Kid. Subscribe for more English Literature clips from BBC Teach on Friday when we have them in: http://bit.ly/BBCSubscribeTeach If you found this video helpful, give it a like. Share it with someone. Add the video to your own teaching playlists. Create an account, subscribe to the channel and create playlists for different age groups, sets and syllabuses. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bbc_teach ===================== Simon Armitage performs and describes his poem Kid. He talks about how he took the retirement of Robin's character from the Batman and Robin series, and turned it into an analysis of growing up and seeking independence from your parent figures. This clip is from the BBC series Contains Strong Language. Some of Britain's best loved poets perform works that appear in GCSE/National English Literature syllabus, alongside some of their other well-known poems. For more clips from Contains Strong Language: http://bit.ly/2A64CPG For our English Literature playlist: http://bit.ly/2AOEhSu ===================== Teaching English Literature? Pupils could create a chart of themes they think the poem covers, and detail how Simon's use of language and pace supports or enables these themes. As a vocal exercise, pupils could look at whether the meaning of the poem changes from being read on the page to being read aloud. Does anything else jump out at them which they hadn't previously noticed? This topic is relevant for teaching English Literature at KS4 & GCSE/National 4 & 5. ===================== For more clips from other subjects at the BBC Teach YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/bbcteach More resources for teachers from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/teach More from BBC Learning Zone: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone More resources from BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education ===================== Subscribe to create your own customised playlists, and get notified about our latest clips. As we have them, new videos will be uploaded on the following days: Mondays: Biology, Computer Science, Music, Religious Studies Tuesdays: Drama and Performance, English Language, Maths, Physical Education Wednesdays: Languages, Media Studies, Modern Studies and PSHE, Physics Thursdays: Art and Design, Chemistry, Geography, History Fridays: Business Studies, Design and Technology, English Literature, Early Years
7 years ago
To mark National Poetry Day 2010 Faber teamed up with Culture24 to film four poets who each reveal what inspires them and how they write their poems. Writing poetry can seem like a daunting challenge to a fledgling poet: where do you find inspiration? How do you start a poem? And how can you use poetry to express your emotions and explore language? Simon's top three tips are: read, read, read.