Poems Adapted Into Film

Several movies have been adapted from poems, showcasing the versatility of poetry as a source of inspiration for filmmakers. Here are some notable examples:

"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) - This film by the Coen brothers is loosely based on Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey." It's a comedic adventure set in the American South during the Great Depression, following three escaped convicts.

"Bright Star" (2009) - Directed by Jane Campion, this film is based on the life of poet John Keats and his romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne. It's inspired by Keats's poetry, especially his sonnet "Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art."

"Beowulf" (2007) - This movie, directed by Robert Zemeckis, is an adaptation of the Old English epic poem "Beowulf." It uses motion capture technology to create a visually stunning narrative of the legendary hero's battles.

"Mulan" (1998) - Disney's animated film is based on the ancient Chinese poem "The Ballad of Mulan," which tells the story of Hua Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to take her father's place in the army.

"The Raven" (2012) - This film, directed by James McTeigue, is a fictionalized account of Edgar Allan Poe's last days, drawing from his famous poem "The Raven." The story involves a serial killer whose murders resemble the plots of Poe's stories.

"Howl" (2010) - This biographical drama focuses on Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" and the obscenity trial it sparked. The film blends traditional narrative with animated sequences based on the poem.

These films vary in how closely they adhere to their source material, with some being direct adaptations and others merely inspired by the themes or stories of the original poems - but proving poetry as a source of great stories regardless.