What Is The Poem Used In The Film Four Weddings And The Funeral?


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The film Four Weddings and a Funeral which made actor Hugh Grant a household name includes a beautiful eulogy delivered by the Scottish actor John Hannah at the funeral of his lover Gareth (played by Simon Callow).

The poem is called Funeral Blues and is written by the old bugger known as W.H Auden. It is a beautiful love poem to someone who has passed away.

The poem includes the wonderful lines:

He was my north, my south, my east and west,
My working week and Sunday rest
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song
I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.

John Hannah subsequently recorded a collection of Auden's poems under the title 'Tell Me the Truth About Love' which is the name of another poem by Auden.

I won't speak about Auden as other people have at this website.

I believe the most beautiful line he ever wrote is

'Lay your sleeping head, my love, human on my faithless arm'.

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