‘A Wing and a Prayer’: Simon Armitage, Out of the Blue

Martin Randall

in 9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638529
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651825 | DOI:
‘A Wing and a Prayer’: Simon Armitage, Out of the Blue

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This chapter discusses Simon Armitage's Out of the Blue, a film-poem written from the point of view of an English futures trader. It shows the use of a skilled actor reading the poem aloud, combined with visual imagery that calls to mind the attacks and creates an often very persuasive representation of 9/11. It also takes a look at the central dilemma for imaginative writers when faced with the huge visual symbolism of the attacks.

Keywords: Simon Armitage; Out of the Blue; film-poem; visual imagery; persuasive representation; imaginative writers; visual symbolism

Chapter.  4728 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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