“Found: 10 Variations on the 50 Most Quoted Lines of Poetry” by Carolyn Martin

If music be the food of love,
Candy/Is dandy/But liquor/Is quicker.

The proper study of mankind
is my mistress’ eyes–
a joy forever.

I think that I shall never see.

To be or not to be
a rose–a dangerous thing:

Do not go gentle,
O, Romeo,
in Flander’s Field where poppies blow.
Humankind cannot bear
to err.

Things fall apart.
Stop the clocks, cut off the telephone.
The time has come,
but at my back I always hear
‘tis better to have loved,
to only stand and wait,
not to yield.

Lend me your ears,
band of brothers.
The father of the man
full fathom five…lies
in Xanadu with fortune
and men’s eyes.

If you can keep your head,
busy old fool,
tread softly
like a narrow fellow in the grass.

Because I could not stop for death,
I am the master of my fate.
Look on my works:
The moving finger writes
seasons of mist and the old lie:
We have no time to stand and stare.
The mind is its own place
where hope springs eternal.

Let me count the ways
I grow old lonely as a cloud.
I shall wear purple
and talk of many things–
the quality of mercy,
a summer’s day,
a bang…a whimper;
protest too much the miles
to go before I sleep.


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  1. genius!


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