One of the most amazing things about poetry is its seemingly infinite capacity for interpretation. To illustrate that fact, TED-Ed launched a great poetic experiment. We gave one Walt Whitman poem to three of our in-house animators, and asked them to interpret it using three different styles of animation. They were each given a recording of the text to work from, which was supplied by three local poets who also interpreted the text using their voices. The result? A stunning video that breathes three very different lives into Walt Whitman’s timeless poem, “A Noiseless Patient Spider.”
Interpretation #1 by Jeremiah Dickey
Medium: Paint on Glass
Interpretation #2 by Biljana Labovic
Interpretation #3 by Lisa LaBracio
Watch all of the interpretations here: A poetic experiment: Walt Whitman, interpreted by three animators – Justin Moore
Happy Birthday to Walt Whitman today!