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Somewhere in the middle of the movie, Rita quotes a poem, which I liked very much.
The problem is that I do neither remember the exact wording nor the author.
Maybe someone here can help me?
Thanks, Parvaneh
 
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I have never seen this movie. So, I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but a Google search led me to this site.

Andie MacDowell plays "Beauty" (actually, Rita) to Bill Murray's "Beast." She quotes a line from a poem by Sir Walter Scott that neatly sums up the character of Phil Connors -- a man who loves neither himself nor his fellow countrymen -- before he changes his life. Here's the entire poem:

Breathes There the Man
Sir Walter Scott

Breathes there the man with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
"This is my own, my native land!"
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd
From wandering on a foreign strand?
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonor'd, and unsung.

Hope this helps!

Mel-in-Tex
"I like being a mess. It's who I am." -Ally, Ally McBeal
 
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This is the part she quotes is just the last five lines:

"The wretch, concentered all in self,
Living shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonored, and unsung.
Sir Walter Scott. ...What's so funny? Don't you like poetry?"
"No, I love poetry. I just thought that was Willard Scott, I was confused."
http://www.middleenglish.org/spc/spcimages/22.1/lavery.htm

note to melyssa: shame on you! you absolutely must see Groundhog Day.
 
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That's exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much.
 
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