Jun 16 2008

Poetry in Movies: In Her Shoes

Published by at 8:10 am under Movies,Poetry

It’s about time for another post on poetry in the movies, don’t you think?

I didn’t expect much the when I first saw the movie In Her Shoes. The movie trailers made it look, well, silly. I was surprised to discover a movie with depth, a comedy-drama with insight into the tensions between close siblings, with insight into the ways early traumas can shape the way we grow into adulthood, the way we develop self-destructive patterns — and ways we can finally recognize a greater wholeness in ourselves.

And poetry plays a central part in that journey…

Here is the text of the e.e. cummings poem from this video clip:

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Another powerful poem highlighted in the movie is Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art”:

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

—Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Poetry in Movies: In Her Shoes”

  1. Apoorvaon 12 Jul 2008 at 4:01 am

    I just had a wacth at this flick…and as soon as I finished with it I dashed into my system to google for the wonderful poetry in it!!!…

    thanks for it!!

  2. leilaon 07 Feb 2010 at 6:38 am

    One of my favorite,same movie & poems…:)

  3. Sson 22 Sep 2011 at 8:40 am

    I love this movie always and forever.thank you

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