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9/11 and the Literature of Terror$
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Martin Randall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638529

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.001.0001

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

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

(p.78) Chapter 4 ‘A Wing and a Prayer’: Simon Armitage, Out of the Blue
9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Martin Randall

Edinburgh University Press

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

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