May the Verse Be With You: Montag’s Flame

Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 concerns Guy Montag’s realisation about the world around him. It’s a stunning story and one that’s sometimes overlooked as a classic of the dystopia...
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Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 concerns Guy Montag’s realisation about the world around him. It’s a stunning story and one that’s sometimes overlooked as a classic of the dystopia genre. We thought we’d stick with genre, following on from Ode to Winston Smith, last week’s offering. Montag’s a truly memorable character. We hope you enjoy the poem, finding it truly hot stuff . . .

 

 

“Once dowsed in kerosene, these books be torched”

History razed, so brutally

“All culture should be purged and scorched”,

as one, screamed out society

 

Firemen took on the role,

carrying out mass censorship

To burn all books their awful goal,

maintaining ignorance’s grip

 

Meeting Clarisse meant Montag lit

In her eyes lived something long gone

Montag then asked, could I be it,

more than my number 451?

 

Guy Montag’s mind was set ablaze:

“No more. There’s no way this can be”

And so, he vowed to stop the craze;

with the book people, he lives free

 

All words by Benjamin Francis Cassidy

Illustration by L. A. Cassidy

 

As well as a 1966 film, that became a bit of a cult classic, there was also a more recent offering. Michael B Jordan played the famous fireman, Guy Montag. The earlier adaptation is the better of the two. But neither offer the book’s power. A truly terrific tale, crafted by one of the greatest writers ever. If ever you need reminding about how important books are, Fahrenheit 451 is the one to read.

 

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