Posted by Barbara on September 08, 1997 at 23:32:24:
In reply to To Barbara: which stanza? posted by Amy on September 07, 1997 at 19:32:49
] The Byron poem you cite as the one recited just before Anne's great line about too much poetry being unsafe? I can't find the part he quotes. Guess my 15-20 viewings of Persuasion isn't quite enough for me. Or is it a different poem in the book?
Amy, it's the last stanza of "Fare Thee Well"
Fare thee well! thus disunited,
Torn from every nearer tie,
Sear'd in heart, and lone, and blighted,
More than this I scarce can die.
This is when they are in the rather dark room and Benwick, looking extremely melancholy, recites this just before Anne tells him to read more prose. A few minutes later he says something like " You have no idea what I have lost" and she says "Yes, I have", and Wentworth gives her this look
] Also, I don't know if you consider it too far afield for your companion page, but I think it is hilarious that so many of us always read the Shakespear sonnet, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day..."
] in the exact same wrong way as Cher in "Clueless." I especially LedOL at Arnessa's post on the Emma board some months ago, entitled, "You mean it's NOT 'darling buds of May?'"
Popularly misquoted Shakespeare! No problem. This is Sonnet XVIII, I think, and I'll add the link.
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