I don’t know about you, but since the arrival of spring, I’m feeling extra romantic, so all I can think about is romantic movies and maybe some poetry. Wouldn’t it be great to combine the both? Thus, for today I chose movies with scenes where poetry enhances romance.
Splendor in the Grass, I Carry Your Heart with Me or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind contain some of the lyrics that I’ve gathered for today’s top. We have a lot of E.E. Cummings, some original creations and a multitude of feelings of love, just perfect for getting into the spring atmosphere. If you know any other movies with poetry in them, make sure you leave a comment below.
Here are eight movies with poetry:
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The title of the film itself is a reference to Alexander Pope’s poem From Eloisa to Abelard, which is based on a story of impossible love between a nun and a priest, just like the one between Joel and Clementine:
“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;
And smooth my passage to the realms of day;
See my lips tremble, and my eye-balls roll,
Suck my last breath, and catch my flying soul!”
2. Before Sunrise
It’s not mandatory for you to compose a poem of the love loved, but you can leave it to a complete stranger to use a few words you suggested to spontaneously make some romantic verses just like in Before Sunrise:
“Daydream delusion, limousine eyelash
Oh baby with your pretty face
Drop a tear in my wineglass
Look at those big eyes
See what you mean to me
Sweet-cakes and milkshakes
I’m a delusion angel
I’m a fantasy parade
I want you to know what I think”.
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
The character Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) manages to tame Kat (Julia Stiles) and to determine her to write whole poem about the feelings she has for him:
“I hate the way you talk to me,
And the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car.
I hate it when you stare
I hate your big dumb combat boots,
And the way you read my mind”.
4. Four Weddings and a Funeral
Going beyond the circumstances, which are not so positive, in which the character Gareth transmits his message to the person he lost, WH Auden’s poem Funeral Blues or Stop All the Clocks is a beautiful declaration of love:
“He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong”.
5. Sense and Sensibility
Maybe they are not the most suitable lyrics on love, but the scene oozes romance with Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet reciting the poem The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser:
“Nor is the earth the lesser, or loseth ought,
For whatsoever from one place doth fall,
Is with the tide unto another brought:
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought”.
6. In Her Shoes
A simple and sincere declaration of love between sisters comes in the movie In Her Shoes with the help of EE Cummings and his poem “I carry your heart with me”:
“I carry your heart with me(I carry it in my heart)
I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear;
And whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
And it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant”.
7. Hannah and Her Sisters
The character created by Woody Allen, Elliot, chose EE Cummings or rather his love poem “Somewhere I have never travelled” to try to express what he feels for Lee and perhaps should not:
“Your slightest look easily will unclose me
Though I have closed myself as fingers
You open always petal by petal myself as spring opens
(touching skilfully, misteriously) her first rose”
8. Splendor in the Grass
The film’s title refers to one of the lyrics of William Wordsworth’s poem “Ode: Intimations of Immortality”, suggestive of the love story between Deanie and Bud who, forced by circumstances, by madness, end up building a new life separately:
“Splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind”.