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Have you ever seen any poems that you've enjoyed in movies or TV shows?

They might be classic poems, such as when part of Edgar Allen Poe's Annabel Le......oles (starting at about 4:25 into the linked video).

Or, they might even be original poems, such as To Whom It Concerns from Roseanne.

What are your favorites?
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I believe T.S. Eliot's The Hollow Men, which I like a great deal, is thematically central in the movie Hostile Takeover.
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Slightly abridged from Walt Whitman, by way of Christopher Lee in "The Wicker Man":

"I think I could turn and live with animals.
They are so placid and self-contained.
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins.
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God.
Not one of them kneels to another or to his own kind that lived thousands of years ago.
Not one of them is respectable or unhappy, all over the earth."
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Ross – the Walt Whitman poem is interesting. The portion you quote is held to be a poem all by itself, but it's also considered to be a part of the much-longer poem Song of Myself.

As for Eliot's Hollow Men? I haven't read it before. To me, when you say "T. S. Eliot", I think Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, so Hollow Men was quite a shocker. I'm currently looking up more of the full context.
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I seem to recall that in Star Trek II, Khan uttered part of Milton's Paradise Lost..."Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven."

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I love the Old Gypsy Woman's little ditty about the Wolfman: "Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers by night... can turn into a wolf when the wolfbane blooms... and the moon is full and bright." Or something to that effect.

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At the other end of the scale ...
can't remember the film ...
but Bob Hope came up with a classic

"I like soap
and I like water
makes me smell
just like I oatta"

lol
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Dead Poet's Society probably has the highest poem-to-film-time ratio of any movie. But if you Google for 'poetry in movies' you'll see a remarkable number of references.

The best overall reference is probably Stacey Harwood's Poetry in Movies: A Partial List.

An interesting topic that I hadn't thought much about before. Thanks, Scott.
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On 2009-05-14 02:23, wulfiesmith wrote:
At the other end of the scale ...
can't remember the film ...
but Bob Hope came up with a classic

"I like soap
and I like water
makes me smell
just like I oatta"

lol


That sounds like it might be Paleface or Son of Paleface

Airship - thanks for the link! That's very interesting.
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On 2009-05-13 23:44, Mark Williams wrote:
I seem to recall that in Star Trek II, Khan uttered part of Milton's Paradise Lost..."Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven."


I believe that occured in the Khan espisode from the original TV series. Kirk, Spock, et al... discuss it at the end of the episode.

On a related note, Khan does quote from (I think it was) "Moby Dick" near the end of Star Trek II, but it is not a poem.
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I seem to recall that in Star Trek II, Khan uttered part of Milton's Paradise Lost..."Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven."


You are absolutely correct, Chessmann. I remember it well. As Khan is being led away to exile, he asks Kirk if he has ever read Milton, to which Kirk responds in the positive. After he is gone, Scotty, who is a bit embarrassed to not having been caught up on his Milton, asked Kirk what Khan meant. Kirk tells him that it is something that Lucifer said as he was being forced out of paradise: "tis better to rule in hell than serve in heaven"

My personal favorite, which should be in the LoTR trilogy SOMEWHERE is the poem at the beginning of the books

Three rings for the elvin kings under the sky.
Seven for the dwarf lords in their halls of stone.
Nine for mortal men doomed to die.
One for the dark lord on his dark throne!

One ring to rule them all,
One ring to find them.
One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them...
In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie!

That poem, when I first read it, sent shivers down my spine!
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Three rings for the elvin kings under the sky.
Seven for the dwarf lords in their halls of stone.
Nine for mortal men doomed to die.
One for the dark lord on his dark throne!

One ring to rule them all,
One ring to find them.
One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them...
In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie!

That poem, when I first read it, sent shivers down my spine!

It's even scarier in the Black Speech of Mordor. Unfortunately, Tolkien only transcribed the last two lines, which are engraved on the One Ring:

Ash nazg durbatulúk, ash nazg gimbatul,
ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.


But it sounds much sweeter in Elvish (of course):

Nelde Cormar Eldatárin nu Tarmenel,
Otso Herunaucoin mardessen ondova,
Nerte Firye martain nurunen,
Er I More Herun mormahalmas hárala

Morinóreva mí arda, már I fuinion.
Er Corma ilyar turien ar tuvien te,
Er Corma tucien ar móresse nutien te
Morinóreva mí arda, már I fuinion.
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The Simpson's Version of The Raven was pretty accurate!
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I think the hollow man is the one that ends, "this is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper" (used in Apocalypse now, and in the begging of the tv movie "the stand")
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Link to The Simpsons' version of "The Raven"

http://vodpod.com/watch/1304748-the-raven-on-the-simpsons
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I've always been partial to

Up the airy mountain
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting,
For fear of little men;

The opening stanza of William Allingham The Fairies and said bt Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka
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I had another buddy who said he also enjoyed when Gene Wilder quoted William Allingham's "The Fairies" in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

I looked at him and replied that Gene Wilder never made any such statement in the movie. He insisted that Gene Wilder did, even going so far to propose a bet. I agreed, and we popped in the movie.

When the tinker walked up to Charlie and recited the opening to the poem, my buddy's jaw just dropped! Smile

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Link to The Simpsons' version of "The Raven"

http://vodpod.com/watch/1304748-the-raven-on-the-simpsons


Thank you! I hadn't seen this in a long time.
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James Earl Jones has one of the most fantastic voices I have ever heard. No wonder that he was asked to play the voice of Darth Vader.
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I just recently discovered the poetry ads that UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland) ran from 1996-1997! I never knew about them before, but I've managed to find them all, and assemble them in a YouTube playlist, so you can see this amazing series.

The concept of the ads is simply that notable actors recite classic poems, with the idea being to give UBS an image of strength and timelessness. There's an amazing variety of actors, authors and poems in this series. (No James Earl Jones in the line-up, but it's still very good! Smile )

A behind-the-scenes look at this series can be found in the UBS section of Neil French's site. Neil French is the marketing guru who developed this ad series in the first place.
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On 2009-05-17 01:22, MagiClyde wrote:
James Earl Jones has one of the most fantastic voices I have ever heard. No wonder that he was asked to play the voice of Darth Vader.


If you ever see some of the behind the scenes stuff on the original, its interesting to watch it filmed with the actor (the tall guy who was in the vader suit) david prowse (sp?) say the lines, so that the other actors knew when to speak. Very odd to hear the famous lines spoken in a "odd" tone.
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