“Duk of gton:” Pushing the Boundaries of the Written and the Visual, Through the Underbelly of London


When I was reading Tamar Yoseloff’s Formerly, I thought it was amazing how the photographic images could relate to the words represented in each poem.  Out of all of the poems, “Duk of      gton,” presents an incredible relationship with the visual and the written.  For example, these missing words that originally spelled out “Duke of Wellington” now spell out what is left which show a look at the deterioration of parts of London that have gone unnoticed.  In addition, the words correlate well with this image of a deteriorating part of London.

In the beginning of this poem, is where I felt that this poem’s relation to the image emphasized the best lines in this poem.  The beginning text says:

“Gone, the days of ho fun duck,

back of his truck fooling around,

white guy funk, goon squad drunks

a ton of laughs I nearly puked,

Forgotten in the glummy…” (Sonnet 6)

These words express a dark and melancholy look at the deterioration of this historic billboard.  To conclude, this poem not only shows that this is infamous structure is not only suffering but also the reason behind this said suffering.  The reason being; the respect Londoners have lost for this once beautiful sign.


1 thought on ““Duk of gton:” Pushing the Boundaries of the Written and the Visual, Through the Underbelly of London

  1. Jared- I really enjoyed this poem as well and was very excited when we found the actual sign on the walking tour! What I thought was really interesting of Yoseloff’s creation of her poetry was that she chose not to revisit these places where the images were taken until after writing the poems. I think that this adds to the depth of the images, because she is completely taking the snapshot out of context which allows her to relay the emotions solely from the image rather than the surrounding scenery that the image was plucked from. In correspondence to our theme, mapping London, I think it was an interesting thought process, to see how Yoseloff ‘mapped London’ through her emotional reactions to these images, and how we mapped London through these courses, what we learned, and our own emotional experiences as well. Great post, Jared!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s