Live Poll: One Movie, One Poem (Suggestions welcome)

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A few weeks ago, coincidentally during National Poetry Month (April) in the United States, a film about poet Emily Dickinson, 'A Quiet Passion', was released. (The famous Emily Dickinson is widely considered to be one of the best, and most influential, poets ever.)

Imagine that you are stranded on an island, literal or, because we're talking about poetry, metaphorical, and you are given only two representatives of the arts and entertainment: one poem by Emily Dickinson and one film. Which movie, from the list below, and thematically related poem, would you choose?

List: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls069762441/?publish=save
Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/5dbmQcJwRSM/


(If you would like to suggest a movie for any of the poems already in the list, please feel free; if you would like to suggest a film and a poem, see a list of selected poems here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/emily-dickinson#about)
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wow rubyfruit...what an amazing and beautiful concept...

being a poet myself, i so appreciated your passionate connection to a story and a simple verse...

and it is so hard to choose, but...i have to say the one that truly struck me (along with the photo chosen), was american beauty 'in this short life'...

thank you for this...
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Ah, thank you for such a great message. 

Ok, first I realized that we have similar taste in music, via Jen's "what are you listening to?" thread. Then that we both love the movie, The Paper. Now... you're a poet, too! I should have guessed, lol. 

By the way, IMDb is keeping me sane this weekend as I cram to meet a submission deadline, which I do all too often -- the cramming part, I mean. I don't do the submitting thing often enough. 
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out of curiosity...what deadline are you trying to meet?...
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The deadline, which is tomorrow, is for the Agnes Lynch Starret First Book Award from the University of Pittsburgh Press. The manuscript I'm submitting has been complete for almost three years but I'm going through it with a fine-tooth comb and debating whether or not to make any more of several ideas for small revisions. I'm also submitting individual poems (well, you know, groups of three - five) to some literary journals that accept submission only through tomorrow until they open again in the late summer. I usually find submitting to be tedious and boring. (Yawn.) 'Good thing so many of them have deadlines or I'd procrastinate forever, 'you know? :-)
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i feel your passionate apathy...but...as you know, it's not something you can rush...

these things come in spurts...you stare at a blank page, then the next thing you know, you can't stop till it's four a.m. and you've run out of paper and the ribbon on your typewriter looks like a pasta dish you ate the night before...

it's a beautiful thing, ain't it...
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my best wishes are with you...can't wait to hear how things turn out...

would love to read some of your work...with our mutual bonds, i'm sure i would appreciate them thoroughly...

i never personally thought about writing actual 'books' myself, though my whole life has been songwriting, poetry, and the like...but now, 28 published books later (both poetry and novels), and i'm still trying to figure out how (and why) it happened...
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Ruby,

I like the concept behind your poll suggestion. I will have to review and think about Emily Dickenson's before I can offer any suggestion.

In the interim:

I suspect you already knew that all of Emily Dickenson's poems can be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas".

For example:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/47652
Because I could not stop for Death
By Emily Dickinson
Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –

. . .

Here's a YouTube video that illustrates the point:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK0DKHCqwpA
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Hahaha, I did know that but I love to be reminded. Thanks for the laugh, Dan.
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p.s... there are a few exceptions, but not many at all. She loved those iambs, lol. 
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That reminds me: for "Because I could not stop for death," I'm not sure what movie to use. I was thinking maybe Edge of Tomorrow, which I didn't see so I might be totally off there, or maybe In Bruges, but nothing's really clicking. 
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CHILDREN OF PARADISE

Love's made of acid irony
Yet as sweet as pearls of honey

Feelings never imitate, nor do they deviate,
Yet the way between hearts never is straight.

Love is a tyrant of many disguises...
... always commands and never compromises.
Is the true master of our ill-fated lives,
And when it perishes, through jealousy survives
... for the flame of hate in indecent symmetry,
 is only the rotten fruit falling from love's tree.
(Edited)
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ElMo, did you write that? It's lovely! One of several impressive things is its meter. I don't write meter well at all.

I've never seen Children of Paradise, which is embarrassing for a few reasons, including that it's poetic realism cinema. It's on my "to see" list and, after seeing your post, I moved it up. 
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Well, I didn't pay much attention to the meters, maybe I have a natural ear for it because I love poetry (though I exclusively write in French language)

But you should really watch the film, it's the French "Gone With the Wind", and contains some of the finest lines of dialogues you'll ever hear (it was Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay). One of my favorite is:

"Not only you're rich, but you want to be loved like a poor"
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Oh, that is a good quote! I can't wait to see the film. 

It's so cool that we have several poetry fans here!
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That's because the screenplay was written by Jacques Prévert who was a poet, the man contributed to some of the finest movies of French cinema. Here are two clips that I hope will convince you to see the film as soon as possible (no spoilers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmbVA18XRIk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ABzfKzwA7g
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Thank you, ElMo, so much! I'm about to watch them now.
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Don't forget the discussion link. :)
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Oh geez, how many of these things have I made? Lol. 
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I think those two go together the best. 
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an "it's been updated and completed" bump
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hey ruby...

congratulations on going live...

once again...great poll....
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Thanks, rocky!
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Thank you, Dan!
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