Emily Dickinson and Gilligan’s Island

Randall Munroe (xkcd.com) had a comment to this comic: “I learned from Achewood that since this poem is in ballad meter, it can be sung to the tune of Gilligan’s Island. Since then, try as I might, I haven’t ONCE been able to read it normally.)

And now, to mess it up for everyone else, the poem and theme song from Gilligan’s Island:

The Carriage
by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then ‘t is centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.


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Posted on September 3, 2010, in Just for fun, Literature/Books and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I loved this!

    I’m going to link it up to my blog. Great comic!

  2. Ha…I can hear it…talk about a change in tone!

  3. Hah, THANK YOU! When I read the latest xkcd I googled for the reference and your blog entry came up first, awesome!

    Now I’ll be singing this all day. Damn catchy poetry!

  4. Can also be sung to Yellow Rose of Texas (as can Amazing Grace….

  5. I love Yellow Rose of Texas! Thanks.

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