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The Darker Side of Hurl Pinter
Transcript of The Darker Side of Hurl Pinter
Pinter's father was of the Jewish faith and because of this he and his family were faced with anti-Semitism.
During World War II, Pinter and his family were evacuated from London at the age of nine.
Harold Pinter Biography
Pinter went on to write many plays such as
The Dumb Waiter,The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, and Betrayal.
Pinter has been honored with many awards for his works. These awards include: The Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear, BAFTA awards, the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize, the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or, the Commonwealth Award and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
In December of 2001, Pinter was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
After a long bout with the disease, Harold Pinter succumbed to cancer on December 24, 2008, at the age of 78.
Pinter has stated that the experience of wartime bombing has always had a hold on him since the age of nine.
At the age of 12, Pinter and his family returned back to London. Upon their return to London, Pinter was enrolled in the Hackney Grammar School.
While attending Hackney, Pinter participated in the plays
Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet
Being in numerous plays at Hackney prompted Pinter to want to pursue a career in acting.
In 1948, Pinter was accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. RADA is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom.
By: Ian Scott, Peyton Beasley and Yesica Torres
Harold Pinter:An Analysis of His Later Works
In 1950, Pinter began writing poems and had the honor of having two of his works published in the leading poetry magazine of the time
Between the years 1954 and 1957, Pinter refined his acting skills by going on a traveling revue with Anew McMaster's famous Irish repertory company.
After the tour ended in 1957, Pinter began to turn his attention to play writing. The first play he wrote was a one act entitled
This particular poem was written in 2005, 3 years after he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
At this point Pinter is feeling the effects of the disease and becomes more depressed.
Death May Be Ageing personifies death and makes it into a "he".
He describes death as being crafty in its ways.
For example, he states that death allows you to live your life but all the while "he" is silently waiting for you.
Death May be Ageing
Death may be ageing
But he still has clout
But death disarms you
With his limpid light
And he's so crafty
That you don't know at all
Where he awaits you
To seduce your will
And to strip you naked
As you dress to kill
But death permits you
To arrange your hours
While he sucks the honey
From your lovely flowers
“Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die.”
—nurse, Royal Marsden Hospital
They have forgotten how to die
And so extend their killing life.
I and my tumour dearly fight.
Let’s hope a double death is out.
I need to see my tumour dead
A tumour which forgets to die
But plans to murder me instead.
But I remember how to die
Though all my witnesses are dead.
But I remember what they said
Of tumours which would render them
As blind and dumb as they had been
Before the birth of that disease
Which brought the tumour into play.
The black cells will dry up and die
Or sing with joy and have their way.
They breed so quietly night and day,
You never know, they never say.
God Bless America
Here they go again,
The Yanks in their armoured parade
Chanting their ballads of joy
As they gallop across the big world
Praising America's God.
The gutters are clogged with the dead
The ones who couldn't join in
The others refusing to sing
The ones who are losing their voice
The ones who've forgotten the tune.
The riders have whips which cut.
Your head rolls onto the sand
Your head is a pool in the dirt
Your head is a stain in the dust
Your eyes have gone out and your nose
Sniffs only the pong of the dead
And all the dead air is alive
With the smell of America's God.
In this poem, Pinter expresses his understanding of his illness and the looming result of his battle with cancer.
He expounds on a quote made by his nurse. He states that his tumor has forgotten to die thus its going to kill him.
He describes tumors as insignificant until cancer breeds its malice.
In the last stanza he expresses the possible outcome of his disease. the cancer cells will either die or continue about until it kills him. With the nature of the disease hell never know for sure.
Pinter feels very strongly about the habits of the American government in this poem. He sarcastically mocks the U.S.'s Patriotism, imperialism, and religious hypocrisy.
The clogged gutters represents all who are at a disadvantage or against America and how the pursuit of "freedom" causes death. The gutters represent how these people have no importance to America.
This stanza represents America use of religion to enforce its motives. America seems to find the religions of other countries inferior and impose upon them with their own "values".
The day will get off to a cloudy start
It will be quite chilly
But as the day progresses
The sun will come out
And the Afternoon will be dry and warm.
In the evening the moon will shine
And be quite bright.
There will be, it has to be said,
A brisk wind
But it will die out by midnight.
Nothing further will happen.
This is the last forecast
This poem represents the life of Pinter.
The cloudy start represents his early life and his family having to flee the holocaust.
The sun coming out represents his writing success.
The warm and dry afternoon is his later life after he has achieved success.
The shining bright moon represents an important change
In the conclusion of the poem, Pinter describes a brisk wind that will die out by midnight which signals the last forecast
Here Pinter is relating this weather pattern to his cancer diagnoses.
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