Saturday, May 16, 2009

He was my north, my south, my east and west

That is the most romantic line by a poet which I have ever heard uttered in a film (not by the poet but by an actor). The poet was W.H. Auden and the actor is John Hannah who played Matthew, a gay guy whose partner had just past away in a chick flick made for man, Four Weddings and a Funeral. 

John Hannah is more well known for playing the bumbling brother of Rachel Weisz character in The Mummy.Here, he was funny and tragic at the same time.
The whole line for the poem was :

He was my North, my South, my East and West,

My working week and Sunday rest,

My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;

I thought that love would last forever:

I was wrong

These lines are just a part of it. Read the whole poem. This poem has two things, love and death. I bet in the west, people used it often enough at funerals.

How true it is when you have given everything to someone, the only feeling that you can have is owing that person your life.

Then that person dies or love dies....


  1. That's why you have to cherish the ones around you, you'll never know when they'll be taken away from you. Cheers, have a nice weekend.

  2. It plays with my emotions and rolls them around - entirely what makes this poem such a great thing of beauty. This poem, this man, had such an enormous, powerful, and harrowing connection with what distresses us most. Loss, passion, belonging, futility. Will anyone ever write another that strikes such a chord for me? Probably not.