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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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Typography

Another way to present a poem:

Thanks to “Mammaen og havet”

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