on poetry, growth, & Spider-Man 2

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nearly every time i sit down to write a poem i think of  Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker saying, “i’ve been reading poetry lately” & Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane curtly replying, “whatever that means.” this is the one, circa 2004, where Spidey struggles big time with identity & responsibility & whether MJ needs to know the truth if they’re ever going to end up together. needless to say, reciting a few lines of poetry really doesn’t do much. the poem is actually none other than Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha,” & Peter actually gets the book from Doc Ock. “Day by day he gazed upon her. Day by day he sighed with passion…” this is also the one where Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is cleverly used as a metaphor for the film’s plot. Mary Jane stars in a play about a man leading a double life…who learns he…

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