So I picked up a Norton Critical edition of Beowulf today, with the Heaney translation (which, by virtue of being by Heaney is a contemporary poem in its own right) and a bunch of material at the back, including context (like passages from the Bible) an an essay arguing for the poem's aesthetic virtues by Tolkien (written for scholars at the time who were interested in the poem only for historical reasons). With the movie out, the conjunction of poetry and popular culture, kinda my thing, is too tempting to pass up, and so I am thinking about ways to teach Beowulf (the poem and the movie). I may just add it to one of my existing classes about poetry. I may design a course on Beowulf and Hamlet (about different kinds of violent protagonists). But I remembered the movie Troy and was wondering -- are there other films based off of poems that I cannot think of right now? "Literature to Film" is such an easy and popular class, I wondered if there was some way to create my own subset of this broad category -- "Poetry to Film."
A friend of mine, when asked this question, said Xanadu. So that joke has been taken.