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looking for poems
Posted by: chrissy (
Date: May 14, 2003 06:18PM

I am looking for a poem that relates to the book/play The Glass Menagerie. Or even a poem relating to the theme- impossibility of escape. Thanks for your help.

Re: looking for poems
Posted by: rikki (
Date: May 14, 2003 09:13PM

I never hear the word "escape" (77)

I never hear the word "escape"
Without a quicker blood,
A sudden expectation
A flying attitude!

I never hear of prisons broad
By soldiers battered down,
But I tug childish at my bars
Only to fail again!

Emily Dickinson

p.s. have you seen the 1987 movie version of Glass Menagerie with Joanne Woodward and the brilliant John Malkovich? I recommend it!

rsmiling smiley

Re: looking for poems
Posted by: RJAllen (193.114.111.---)
Date: May 15, 2003 01:41PM

Edwin Muir: The Combat
Phliip Larkin: Blocked.
Toads Revisited

Re: looking for poems
Posted by: Marian-NYC (
Date: May 15, 2003 02:51PM

What an interesting question!!!

AS YOU MAY KNOW, in the original play script there are instructions for showing slides between scenes, giving each one a "legend" or epigraph. (In that sense, the play was written with a very "television" feeling to it.)

One study guide points out:

===The legend which preceded [the dinner scene] reads "Ou sont les neiges," a phrase from an old French poem which asks, "Where are the snows of yesteryear?" ===

The "old French poem" is by François Villon, written c. 1461. You can read it in French at [ [] ] and in one English at [ [] ].

Possibly there are other pre-scene "legends" that will lead you to appropriate poems.

Re: looking for poems
Posted by: Marian-NYC (
Date: May 15, 2003 02:56PM

Here's a poem written by someone after reading (or seeing?) the play:


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