Poetry is quoted frequently in period dramas and sometimes it's such a part of a film that we don't take time to think about the words or who wrote the poems. In this game I've given you lines of poems quoted in period dramas and you have to guess what period dramas they are quoted in. When I post the answers I'll tell you the name of the poems and who wrote them. There's also one quote about poetry to guess. Some poems come from the same period dramas. Have fun and enjoy the lovely words!
To Play: Read the lines of poetry below and guess what period drama they are quoted in. Also guess what film the quote at #10 is from and guess the characters for bonus points! Leave your guesses in a comment. I'll respond with your score. Answers will be posted next Saturday.
Scoring: Ten points for each correctly guessed period drama and five points each for guessing the character names on #10. A high score of 110 points can be earned!
Poems Quoted In Period Dramas:
Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere,
Heaven did a recompense as largely send:
He gave to Misery all he had, a tear,
He gained from Heaven ('twas all he wish'd) a friend.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
Like the dew on the mountain,
Like the foam on the river,
Like the bubble on the fountain,
Thou art gone, and forever!
Ne is the earth the lesse, or loseth ought,
For whatsoeuer from one place doth fall,
Is with the tide vnto an other brought:
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.
I have hid my feelings– fearing they should do me wrong,
Saying– doest thou love me? Weeping– I have loved thee long.
What is this? His eyes are heavy– think not they are glazed with wine,
Go to him, it is thy duty– Kiss him– take his hand in thine.
Cursed be the social wants that sin against the strength of youth!
Cursed be the social lies that warp us from the living truth!
Well–’tis well that I should bluster!– hadst thou less unworthy proved,
Would to God– for I had loved thee more than ever wife was loved.
Is love a fancy, or a feeling?
No.It is immortal as immaculate Truth,
'Tis not a blossom shed as soon as youth,
Drops from the stem of life--for it will grow,
In barren regions, where no waters flow,
Nor rays of promise cheats the pensive gloom.
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees.
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwyman came riding--
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.
No voice divine the storm allay'd,
No light propitious shone;
When, snatch'd from all effectual aid,
We perish'd, each alone;
But I beneath a rougher sea,
And whelmed in deeper gulphs than he.
Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Through the wave that runs forever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four gray walls, and four gray towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle embowers,
The Lady of Shalott.
There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colors gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her is she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little over care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.
(A period drama quote about poetry, guess characters for extra points!)
Character 1: I wonder who first discovered the power of poetry in driving away love?
Character 2: I thought that poetry was the food of love.
Character 1: Of a fine stout love, it may. But if it is only a vague inclination I'm convinced one poor sonnet will kill it stone dead.