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Question #28171 posted on 05/29/2002 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the 1953 movie Roman Holiday, there is a scene in which Audrey Hepburn's character appears to be drunk. When Gregory Peck's character starts talking to her, she quotes part of a poem, which goes something like this: "If I were dead and buried and I heard your voice, Beneath the ground, my heart of dust would still rejoice." The two characters then have a small argument over who the poet is. Audrey insists it is Keats. Gregory insists it is Shelley. So my question is, who actually wrote the poem, and what is the poem called?

-Mystified Movie Watcher

A: Dear Mystified,

Unfortunately, rumor on the via has it that the quote belongs to neither Shelley nor Keats-it was made up to be used in the movie. Oh well. That bit of sadness doesn't take away from the fact that Roman Holiday is one excellent movie.

-She Who Must Not Be Named