Some may say that this addition was excessively melancholy and staged, but I love intertextuality in films (the Dickens A Tale of Two Cities reference got me through The Dark Knight Rises, for instance).
The Tennyson quote read by M goes…
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
I hope you gain some personal meaning from the poem, as I have. The last two lines of the above passage are on a post-it next to my desk, for reference when I’m having a bad day and not feeling particularly strong. It makes me realise that although the past has often hurt me, it doesn’t mean that I’m weak-willed or possessed by my memories.
If you want to read the whole poem online, click here.
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