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Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: Julie Conway (---.server.ntli.net)
Date: March 14, 2004 01:18PM

I am seeking poems with a theme of jealousy or envy. Can anyone please help?

Many thanks in anticipation.


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: March 15, 2004 07:40AM

Do a search for 'jealousy' in this forum, and in the Homework Assistance forum, and you'll find previous posts on this topic.


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: March 15, 2004 11:52AM


This morning I was thinking of the Shakespeare sonnet that begins:

"When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes..."

Basically, it says: When I am feeling jealous and envious of everybody, all I have to is remember that I have YOU, and then I feel that I'm the lucky one."


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.phoenix-01rh15-16rt.az.dial-access.att.net)
Date: March 16, 2004 11:27AM


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: Heather Burleson (---.74.177.wnclink.com)
Date: March 31, 2004 12:52AM

The poem by Edgar Allan Poe title Annabel Lee is about jealousy and love


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: Talia (---.dialsprint.net)
Date: March 31, 2004 12:27PM

One of my favorite poets/singer/songwriter/musician is Natalie Merchant.

Jealousy Lyrics

Jealousy


O, jealousy

is she fine
so well bred
the perfect girl
a social deb?

is she the sort
you've always thought
could make you
what you're not?

o, jealousy

is she bright
so well read
are there novels
by her bed?

is she the sort
that you've always said
could satisfy
your head?

o, my jealousy

does she talk
the way I do
is her voice reminding you
of the promises
the little white lies too
sometimes, tell me
while she's touching you
just by mistake
accidentally do you say my name? "


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: March 31, 2004 01:36PM

If we're doing lyrics, how about the Gin Blossoms:

HEY JEALOUSY Lyrics

(Doug Hopkins)

Tell me do you think it'd be all right
If I could just crash here tonight
You can see I'm in no shape for driving
And anyway I've got no place to go
And you know it might not be that bad
You were the best I'd ever had
If I hadn't blown the whole thing years ago
I might not be alone
Tomorrow we can drive around this town
And let the cops chase us around
The past is gone but something might be found
To take its place...hey jealousy
And you can trust me not to think
And not to sleep around
If you don't expect too much from me
You might not be let down
Cause all I really want is to be with you
Feeling like I matter too
If I hadn't blown the whole thing years ago
I might be here with you
Tomorrow we can drive around this town
And let the cops chase us around
The past is gone but something might be found
To take its place...hey jealousy
She took my heart
There's only one thing I couldn't start

Les


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: March 31, 2004 03:15PM


Song lyrics:

IN TIMES WHEN MY HEAD WAS TOGETHER ABOUT YOU
by Carly Simon

I love Carly Simon's lyrics. Sometimes they don't rhyme or scan very gracefully, but I don't care because they get to the point. She wrote a song called "Riverboat Gambler" sung by a girl in love with a ... yes:
riverboat gambler. And it contains the line: "I WANT YOU TO WIN." That is so direct, it's amazing.

"In Times When" is about a woman who feels no jealousy at all until she herself cheats, and then she's eaten up by the fear that he will too.


DISHONEST MODESTY
by Carly Simon

This song about someone who yearns TO BE ENVIED. It contains this couplet:

    "If you have no time for all your offers, you'll see that I get called.
    And if you have no time for all your men, you'll see that I get balled."


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: June 12, 2004 03:48AM

How about this one?

'I Can't Think What He Sees In Her'
by A.P.Herbert

Jealousy's an awful thing and foreign to my nature;
I'd punish it by law if I was in the Legislature.
One can't have all of any one, and wanting it is mean,
But still, there is a limit, and I speak of Miss Duveen.

I'm not a jealous woman,
But I CAN'T see what he sees in her,
I can't see WHAT he sees in her,
I can't see what he SEES in her!
If she was something striking
I could understand the liking,
And I wouldn't have a word to say to that;
But I can't see why he's fond
Of that objectionable blonde--
That fluffy little, stuffy little, flashy little, trashy little,
creepy-crawly, music-hally, horrid little CAT!

I wouldn't say a word against the girl--be sure of that;
It's not the creature's fault she has the manners of a rat.
Her dresses may be dowdy, but her hair is always new,
And if she squints a little bit--well, many people do.

I'm not a jealous woman,
But I CAN'T see what he sees in her,
I can't see WHAT he sees in her,
I can't see what he SEES in her!
He's absolutely free--
There's no bitterness in me,
Though an ordinary woman would explode;
I'd only like to know
What he sees in such a crow
As that insinuating, calculating, irritating, titivating,
sleepy little, creepy little, sticky little TOAD!


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: June 15, 2004 05:22PM


Wonderful!

Those would be great lyrics for a show tune!


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: June 15, 2004 06:06PM

They posibly were, Herbert did write lyrics for Viven Ellis' music. Bless the Bride is one of theirs.


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: June 16, 2004 12:10PM

This one first appeared in 'Punch', as did a lot of APH's verse.


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: September 17, 2004 09:18PM

Here's another one worthy of inclusion in this thread:

The Whole Truth
by Judith Viorst

He always called her honey and
She always called him sweetie and
He always brought her flowers and
She always stroked his hair.
Their beautiful relationship was
What a marriage should be and
The rest of us regarded it with
Envy and despair.

She always called him lover and
He always called her baby and
She always praised his brilliance and
He always praised her wit.
No wife was more adoring and
No husband more devoted and
The rest of us were jealous I’m
Embarrassed to admit.

He always called her dearest and
She always called him darling and
He always hugged and kissed her and
She always held him tight.
They just announced they’re filing for
Divorce tomorrow morning and
The news has filled the rest of us with
Absolute delight.


JV is a psychologist living and writing in Washington DC. She has written some great light verse about family life. If you like this sample, which is from her book 'How did I get to be 40 & other atrocities', buy her books!


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: September 17, 2004 09:51PM

My favorite of hers is 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day.'

pam


Re: Jealousy/ Envy
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: September 18, 2004 01:15AM

Either I read too quick, or no one mentioned Richard Cory




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