Poetry in Motion (Pictures): Part 4

By Liz Mannion of The Ritz Cinema, Thirsk.

Poetry in Motion (Pictures) posts are part of a series.

Must Love Dogs (Gary David Goldberg, 2005) – Brown Penny, W B Yeats. W B Yeats’s poem creates an amazing oasis of calm in a seriously mediocre John Cusack RomCom that is possibly even more vanilla than Serendipity (2001). Who knows to this day what all that was about? When Christopher Plummer recites this poem to his daughter you forget about the weird film title and the fact that Cusack being forty and single is pretty unbelievable. All that Hollywood white noise simply fades away and we are left absorbed by the moment of connection between father and daughter. The transformative nature of poetry is perhaps most evident in this entry:

I whispered, ‘I am too young,’
And then, ‘I am old enough’;
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.

Click the video below to watch poetry in motion:

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