Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

"Poetry in Motion".

Whoever described football (soccer)
as poetry in motion
had not studied much of either.

3 comments:

Marcus Billson said...

I think they were referring to the amazing defensive "head blocks" of the players and the goalie dives and saves. Watch them some time. If motion can sing, dance, and amaze, they do, just as the best poetry does intellectually.

Wofl said...

But then all "sports" can be elegant : snooker/billiards, tennis, basketball and diving. Elegance is not poetry.

Marcus Billson said...

True, some poetry is definitely not elegant, but you are now changing your argument or observation. All sports, then, can be (the ones you mention only rarely) poetry in motion. It's the surprise, the unimaginable (heretofore) expression and power of skill, the insight into new possibility, the rhythm and symmetry of movement all bound together that make some moments in sports poetry in motion. Just like all so-called poems are not poems, all moments in sports are not poetry.