Archive for April, 2007

I was watching last evening’s episode of CSI when right there in the middle of the show was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Arrow and the Song. Imagine my surprise! So I had to look it up.

Here’s the description from the episode entitled “Ending Happy.”

Moments later, an old man named Milton calls them [CSIs]  into his trailer, which sits next to Happy’s. “Somebody shot my wife,” he says, pointing to a bloody arrow sticking out of a wall portrait of his late spouse. Milton quotes a Longfellow poem, “The Arrow and the Song,” but Nick mistakes it for simple ramblings of an old man and brushes it off. He’s focused on the flight path the arrow would have taken, directly over the blood drops outside. The missile was fired from the tool shed. On the ground is another arrow, shot into the dirt. Back inside, Sara gives Milton something to smile about, completing the words of his poem from memory. “Keep the faith,” she tells him, and he gives his late wife’s photo a loving wink.

***Update on October 25, 2007. In response to John Smith’s comment below, I found the misquote on YouTube. You can see it here. I tried to insert it with a comment, but the video reference doesn’t work in the comment field…

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Wordsworth Rap

This is a learning experience for me, too. I finally figured out how to include video directly on the site. So here is the Wordsworth Rap that I mentioned in the earlier post.

If you come across other resources that you’d like to share with everyone, send me an email with a URL. I’ll post it.

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Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music! Just wanted to pass along a few resources about National Poetry Month that I just discovered. The Academy of American Poets provides a complete history and list of resources for National Poetry Month. Here is the poetry home page on the Library of Congress site. And, this is a link to the Princeton Public Library’s Poetry Podcast page (or “poetcast”) which features a different poetry reading from a local poet every day during National Poetry Month. Here you can hear some famous and very distinguished poets read their own works…very cool!


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Our second meeting of poet enthusiasts took place on Sunday, April 15. In the gloom of the rainy afternoon, we sat in a cozy living room sipping tea and tasting some evil and some not-so-evil treats. These are the poems we read, listened to and discussed.

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) – Chilean-born Nobel Laureate for Literature – bio 

Ode to My Socks read from the book America’s Favorite Poems by Robert Pinsky

Tom Wayman (1945 – ) – bio

Did I Miss Anything? – offered to us tongue in cheek by one who missed our first meeting! Did you miss anything??? No, not with this web site around!

William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) – bio

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud


Parodies of Wordsworth’s poem

Gordon J.L. Ramel – web site

Daffodils No More – a comment on the fewer numbers of daffodils in England these days.  NOTE: I recently revisited these links and somehow the poem is now called Daffodils Revisited

David Martin (DCDave) web site

I Wandered with a Wrought-up Mind – be sure to click on the link for federal poles. Without it, I’m not sure I would have gotten the meaning.

Joy Burki-Watson

I Pondered ‘Neath My Faceless Shroud – a tribute to the courageous ladies of Afghanistan

Cumbria Tourism

Wordsworth Rap – A hip-hop video version of  I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud…just delightful!

Adrienne Rich (1929 – ) – bio

Storm Warnings

Turning – this isn’t the entire poem, but it is referenced in this NY Times analysis

William Henry Davies (1871-1940) – bio


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) – bio

The Darkling Thrush

Saliba Sarsar background info

When Peace Becomes The Holy Land

Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) – bio

Caribou  -this isn’t the entire poem, but it is discussed here

If Snakes Were Blue

Bearded Oaks

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