Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Poetry in Motion (Pictures) Part 9

Memphis Belle (William Wyler, 1990) – An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, W B Yeats. When Eric Stoltz and his squadron go off on another bombing raid in World War II they understand they may never return. Who can resist the poignant reciting of Yeats’s famous poem from this hugely popular World War II picture? Yeats’s words perfectly reflect the sense of loss associated with war and raises questions about whether the loss we experience during such times is always necessary.

I balanced all
Brought all to mind
The years to come
Seemed waste of breath
A waste of breath
The years behind
In balance with this life
This death.

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