I just remembered to do a little YouTube fan-video research and found the answer to a question I’ve had for a couple of weeks, which was:
Did Kristen Stewart/Bella really misquote Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice” at the beginning of the movie “Eclipse?” Did neither the director nor the editors catch the mistake? Did they leave it that way on purpose because they liked it better that way? (So, actually three questions.)
YouTube had the answer to the first of my questions, which was that yes, yes she did misquote. The poem goes:
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
The word “it” in the 5th line refers to the world, but in the movie Bella says, “But if I had to perish twice.” This is kind of cute because Bella almost perishes more than just twice, but I can’t help thinking the accidental-or-deliberate slip is also super-narcissistic on the parts of Kristen/Bella/the director/the editors.
How did I happen to notice the mistake, you ask? Because, of course, I’ve had the poem memorized almost since childhood. Duh.
And because I know you’re about to ask, yes, I can also recite Louis Untermeyer’s translation of Heinrich Heine’s “The Lorelei.”
I do not know why this imagined
Despair has fallen on me
The ghost of an ancient legend
That will not let me be
The air is cool, and twilight
Flows down the quiet Rhine
A mountain alone in the highlight
Still holds the lingering shine
The last peak, rosily gleaming
Reveals, enthroned in air,
A maiden, lost in dreaming,
Who combs her golden hair.
Combing her hair with a golden
Comb in her rocky bower,
She sings the tune of an olden
Song that has magical power.
The boatman has heard! It has bound him
In the throes of a strange, wild love.
Blind to the rocks that surround him
He sees but the vision above.
And lo, hungry waters are springing.
The boat and the boatman are gone.
Then silence. And this, with her singing,
The Lorelei has done.
Oh, look, I’m finally getting to a point in my blogging life where I can recycle old illustrations!
P.S. No, The Lorelei doesn’t have anything whatsoever to do with Eclipse. I just happen to have it memorized.