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Monday, February 13, 2006

Pamela Anderson and W.H. Auden

The Michigan Quarterly Review has put up a great compendium of poems used in films (link from Bookslut). I'm not saying I've read Pamela Anderson's Star Struck, but I did check out the copyright page, where the publishers have been granted rights to use W.H. Auden's "Funeral Blues," the same poem quoted in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

I will admit to something more embarrassing: I've never seen Bull Durham. How and why does Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" show up?

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Anonymous Ross on Tue Feb 14, 04:32:00 PM:
Well I'm not sure how Gray figures in. Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) reads poetry to Nuka Laloosh (Tim Robbins)in bed--'cause "a guy will listen to anything if he thinks it's foreplay." But I remember the selection being "Leaves of Grass".

Maybe I've got it wrong,
 
Anonymous Katy on Wed Feb 15, 10:14:00 AM:
I think Ross is right about the poetry. Mostly I am shocked (SHOCKED!) that you have never seen Bull Durham, Alice! It's a classic. My favorite part is the "conference" on the mound where they all talk about the wedding.
 
Blogger Alice on Wed Feb 15, 11:03:00 AM:
I checked this out on Google. Annie quotes "I Sing the Body Electric" in bed; she quotes Thomas Gray when she's talking about Crash's destiny: "Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, / And waste its sweetness on the desert air."