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Poetry in motion

Posted by Graham Cambray on February 22, 2009 at 12:01

In Reply to: Poetry in motion posted by Coley on February 22, 2009 at 08:27:

: Where does the phrase "poetry in motion" come from?


I can only make a start on this.

I probably first heard the phrase as a pop song in 1960:
Johnny Tillotson Poetry in Motion Lyrics:
When I see my baby, / What do I see? / Poetry. / Poetry in motion.

Now, with my limited resources, I can't seem to get this a lot further back. There's an unattributed and undated quote comparing a horse to poetry in motion. But - keeping wonderfully low-brow - hows about a quote from Toad:
"Glorious, stirring sight! The poetry of motion! The real way to travel! The only way to travel! Here today - in next week tomorrow! Villages skipped, towns and cities jumped - always somebody else's horizon! O bliss! O poop-poop! O my! O my!"
The Wind in the Willows

However, I would be very surprised if somebody cant take "Poetry in/of motion" further back than this. (GC)