The Prisoner: An Anglo Saxon poetic meditation
Was meditating on the enduring power of The Prisoner TV series for Matthew Sweet who wrote a rather excellent piece about its 50th anniversary. If you've read it you know I came up with a thesis that it has more in common with Anglo Saxon poetry than you might think. Here's the full idea.. If the Anglo Saxon poets had had ATV budgets, I think they would have made something not dissimilar to The Prisoner. The show is a meditation on the isolation of the soul and a physical version of the dream process that goes on in every mind. The Village is No 6's anchorite cell. Sometimes his mind can journey afar, literally in the case of mind transplant to a different body. but mostly it must face temptation closer at home. But the show's power is not in meaning, it's about the processing of experiences and impressions and individual defiance against entrapment in a world of warring kings or sinister governments. Yes we can see plays on what was emerging in the news about brainwashing and Cold