Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday Poetry - John Keats

The quotation I referred to last week was from The Ghost & Mrs Muir, one of my favourite movies. Lucy & Captain Gregg are talking about his house which Lucy is now renting. She says it's a lovely design & reminds her of an old song or an poem & he tells her that he designed it himself & quotes the last two lines of this stanza of Keats's Nightingale.

Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!
No hungry generations tread thee down;
The voice I hear this passing night was heard
In ancient days by emperor and clown:
Perhaps the self-same song that found a path
Through the sad heart of Ruth, when, sick for home,
She stood in tears amid the alien corn;
The same that oft-times hath
Charmed magic casements, opening on the foam
Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn.


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    1. I haven't watched it for a long time, I must watch it again on a cold, rainy afternoon.

  2. Have you read the novel? It's one of my very favorites.

    1. Yes, I read the novel years ago but I'd love to read it again.

  3. I love the end of that stanza, the charmed magic casements....
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is one of my all time favourite films too, wonderful!

    1. It's beautifully melancholy, isn't it? Probably why I like it so much.