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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