It’s Shelley! It’s Keats!

One of the most memorable quotations of poetry captured on film appears in Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.

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(photo: filmsufi)

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The poetry that Audrey Hepburn speaks near the beginning of the film is written by the play’s author:

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Later in the movie when Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn are in Joe’s room and Joe tells Ann that she will be sleeping on the couch, Audrey quotes another line of poetry which prompts a bit of debate about the author . . . Shelley or Keats?

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Joe is right: It is Shelley.

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Watch the clip here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP9ufyH-Pdg

You can find the whole poem here:

http://www.reelclassics.com/Movies/RomanHoliday/shelley-poem.htm

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Memorize a poem.

2. Recite it for an audience of one or more.

3. You may want to watch this charming movie.

The script can be found here:

http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/r/roman-holiday-script-transcript.html

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