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31 Poems That Movies Kinda Ruined Forever

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    Right now, you're probably thinking of your favourite poem. Maybe it's a Maya Angelou piece you studied in school. Maybe it's a Dr. Seuss rhyme you've loved since childhood. Maybe it's something you stumbled upon in a film and you're not 100% sure who wrote it, but it might be Ryan Gosling.

    Hey, it happens. Hollywood's tendency to work poems into movies has given us all a crash course on everyone, from Wordsworth and Whitman. Now, we're like Cher Horowitz in Clueless, schooling people on Shakespeare, all thanks to watching a Mel Gibson movie. A few viewings of The Dead Poets Society or Interstellar and suddenly, we're experts on iambic pentameter.

    That's not necessarily a bad thing, so long as everyone remembers not to confuse Cameron Diaz with e.e. cummings.

    Behold, 31 famous poems that made it into movies.

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    The Poem: "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood" by William Wordsworth
    The Film: Splendor in the Grass (1961)


    The title of this Natalie Wood/Warren Beatty classic refers to a line in Wordsworth's famous poem.

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    The Poem: "The Hollow Men" by T. S. Eliot
    The Film: Apocalypse Now (1979)


    Marlon Brando's Colonel Kurtz reads from this oft-quoted poem, famous for the line "This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper."

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    The Poem: America a Prophecy by William Blake
    The Film: Blade Runner (1982)


    This Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) quote was inspired by a similar line in Blake's 1793 book of verse.

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    The Poem: "Ample Make This Bed" by Emily Dickinson
    The Film: Sophie's Choice (1982)


    Stingo (Peter MacNicol) mourns his friends by turning to poetry.

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    The Poem: "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost
    The Film: The Outsiders (1983)


    The Francis Ford Coppola film stayed true to S. E. Hinton's book by including the scene in which Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) tells Johnny (Ralph Macchio) about the Frost poem.