Poetry


One of the most remarkable ad lib scenes from “Caddyshack” features Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. Both are brilliant comedic actors. What’s news to me is Mr. Murray made a donation to fund the building of Poets House in New York.

A Daily Does of Architecture came across this video of Mr. Murray reading poetry to construction workers, which I found wonderfully entertaining. [hat tip: Mediabistro’s UnBeige]

Support poetry: download the new iPhone app from the Academy of American Poets. Yes, it’s free. Reading a poem a day is creatively more inspirational than a joke a day. Don’t you think?

No iPhone? No problem: here’s how it works. Today’s poem, by Christopher Marlowe, is actually one I remember from my college poetry class…

    The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

    Come live with me and be my love,
    And we will all the pleasures prove
    That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
    Woods, or steepy mountain yields.
    And we will sit upon rocks,
    Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,
    By shallow rivers to whose falls
    Melodious birds sing madrigals.

    And I will make thee beds of roses
    And a thousand fragrant poises,
    A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
    Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;

    A gown made of the finest wool
    Which from our pretty lambs we pull;
    Fair lined slippers for the cold,
    With buckles of the purest gold;

    A belt of straw and ivy buds,
    With coral clasps and amber studs;
    And if these pleasures may thee move,
    Come live with me, and be my love.

    The shepherds’s swains shall dance and sing
    For thy delight each May morning:
    If these delights thy mind may move,
    Then live with me and be my love.

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