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5 Beautiful Love Poems Recited in Movies

Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

The most romantic moments are often the ones that hit us the hardest, the ones that make us teary-eyed. Romance can be a sad business, and that seems to be one of the reasons that we are so attracted to it.  We are willing to be sad for a glimpse at true love or even just a hint that its possible.

Here are five of the most romantic, and, in some cases heart-breaking, love poems to have graced the big screen.

Truly, Madly, Deeply

1990 – Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson recite Pablo Neruda’s “The Dead Woman”

Four Weddings and a Funeral

1994 – John Hannah recites “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden

21 Grams 

2003 – Sean Penn recites “The Earth Turned to Bring us Closer” by Eugenio Montejo

Bright Star

2009 – Abbie Cornish recites “Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art” by John Keats

Il Postino

1994 – Massimo Troisi’s character Mario Ruoppolo borrows from the metaphors found in the poetry of the great Pablo Neruda to win the heart of the beautiful Beatrice.

Have a favorite poem that features prominently in one of your favorite movies? I’m always looking for recommendations.


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