Pied Piper

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Adrian Mitchell (24 October 1932 - 20 December 2008) is an English poet, writer and playwright. He started as a journalist, then became a famous figure among the British left, for almost half a century he was the poetic voice of the anti-war and anti-nuclear movement in the country. Literary and theater critic Kenneth Thinan called him the British Mayakovsky. Mitchell tried to overcome with his creativity a situation in which, in his own words, "most people ignore most of the poetry, since most of the poetry ignores most of the people." Inspired by the example of his beloved poet and predecessor, William Blake, Mitchell went from anarchist anti-war satire through love lyrics to stories and poems for children. He also wrote the libretto. The Times wrote that Mitchell has a "decisive voice, always mingled with tenderness." Mitchell`s poems about the Vietnam War, about prisons and racism became part of "leftist folklore" and were often read at demonstrations and rallies. Biography...

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Adrian Mitchell (24 October 1932 - 20 December 2008) is an English poet, writer and playwright. He started as a journalist, then became a famous figure among the British left, for almost half a century he was the poetic voice of the anti-war and anti-nuclear movement in the country. Literary and theater critic Kenneth Thinan called him the British Mayakovsky. Mitchell tried to overcome with his creativity a situation in which, in his own words, "most people ignore most of the poetry, since most of the poetry ignores most of the people." Inspired by the example of his beloved poet and predecessor, William Blake, Mitchell went from anarchist anti-war satire through love lyrics to stories and poems for children. He also wrote the libretto. The Times wrote that Mitchell has a "decisive voice, always mingled with tenderness." Mitchell`s poems about the Vietnam War, about prisons and racism became part of "leftist folklore" and were often read at demonstrations and rallies. Biography Early Life Mitchell was born near Hampstead Heath, North London. His mother, Kathleen Fabian, worked at the Friedrich Froebel children`s educational institution, and his father, Jock Mitchell, was a chemist. Adrian staged his first play at the age of nine, while still in school. After graduation, Mitchell served in the Royal Air Force, where his "natural pacifism" manifested itself. He went on to study English at Christ Church College, Oxford, where he was taught by JRR Tolkien`s son. He became chairman of the university poetry society and literary editor of Isis magazine. After graduation, he got a job as a reporter for the Oxford Mail newspaper and later for the London Evening Standard. As editor of the poetry section of the New Statesman magazine, he was the first to publish an interview with The Beatles. “After inheriting enough money to live on for a year, I wrote my first novel and my first television play. Soon after, I became a freelance journalist and started writing about pop music for the Daily Mail and television for the Sun and Sunday Times. I gave up journalism in the mid-sixties and since then I have been in free fall - as a poet, playwright and storyteller. " Literary creation Mitchell regularly performed poetry readings, very often at events associated with the left movement. His hobbyhorse was satire. When commissioned to write a poem about Prince Charles and his special relationship (as Prince of Wales) with the people of Wales, he answered succinctly and clearly: “Royal status is a neurosis. I wish a speedy recovery". In the "Poem in the Tab" he wrote: "I have the brain of a socialist, the heart of an anarchist, the eyes of a pacifist, the blood of a revolutionary." (Translated by K. Medvedev) His well-known poem "To Whom It Concerns" is full of bitter sarcasm about the horrors of the Vietnam War seen on TV: Once the truth knocked me down, And I walk crippled since that day So fill my feet with plaster Navrit me about Vietnam. (Translated by K. Medvedev) For the first time, he read this poem before a multi-thousand anti-war demonstration, which started from the nuclear complex in Berkshire, filled the streets of London, and eventually spilled over into Trafalgar Square on Easter Monday 1964. While Mitchell read a poem from the parapet in front of the National Gallery, angry demonstrators fought the police. Later he modernized the poem by mentioning current events. Many were shocked when Mitchell read Lie to Me About Vietnam just before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. John Berger said that "Mitchell opposes the modern British state from the standpoint of a kind of revolutionary populism, obscenity, wit and tenderness that is characteristic of animals." Adrian Mitchell died at the age of 76 in a North London hospital as a result of a heart attack. For two months he suffered from pneumonia. Two days before his death, he finished his last poem, My Literary Career So Far. He planned it as a Christmas present "to all the friends, family and animals that he loved." “Adrian,” in the words of the poet Michael Rosen, “was a socialist and pacifist who believed, like William Blake, that everything human was sacred. And he sang the love of life with the same passion with which he smashed those who destroy life. He did this through his poems, plays, lyrics and performances. He sang, sang, whispered and shouted his poems wherever possible, forcing us to love our lives, love our minds and bodies, and fight against tyranny, oppression and exploitation. " The only translation of Mitchell`s poems into Russian was made by the poet and translator Kirill Medvedev. In 2010, the Free Marxist Publishing House published the book "The Jungle Love You", which included translations of Mitchell`s poems from different years. Family Mitchell is survived by his wife, actress Celia Hewitt, and their two daughters, Sasha and Betty. He also has two sons and a daughter from his first wife Maureen Bush: Briony, Alistair and Danny. as well as nine grandchildren: Robin, Arthur, Charlotte, Natasha, Zoe, Kathleen, Annie, Lola and Lily. Source: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9C%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%87%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%BB,_%D0%AD%D0 % B4% D1% 80% D0% B8% D0% B0% D0% BD