1/09/2009

Calling all poets.



I have come across a rather beautiful quote which has been attributed to Shakespeare; "When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew". However , despite many searches I cannot find where exactly this came from. Now I know that there are many of you who are more knowledgeable than I on literary matters and wondered if anyone could help me track down the play, sonnet or source?

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  2. Heard the call, came as soon as poss. Made a mess of my first attempt. Attempt number 2: I agree that it's a lovely quote, but I regret to say that it is not Shakespeare. It is from James Matthew Barrie - I think!

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  3. Hey, how are you doing? hope all is well.

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  4. Is it from Romeo and Juliet?

    It makes me think of beautiful pre-Raphaelite paintings. And the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa.

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  5. Sorry... I'm no help here... but I do love the quote! :-)

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  6. Dear Dave,

    I think you are right, it is attributed to Shakespeare on many websites but non of them say the play or sonnet. It might be a case of "I read it in the tabloids so it must be true".

    Thanks for your help, now I must read James Matthew Barrie.

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  7. I think I agree with Dave - it does not sound like Shakespeare at all - but isn't it a lovely quote.

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  8. Seems like unanimity in vagueness here.

    My thought when I read it was - 'beautiful but doesn't sound like Shakespeare'.

    (Wrong metre.)

    Lucy

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  9. P.S. Although I do like both it and its sentiment - my second thought was that there are probably an awful lot of absurdly fun ways in which this verse could be completed in a couple of irreverent lines.

    Lucy

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  10. Not Shakespeare I'm afraid. I own t least one copy of all his works and have read them all. I love this quote...It's so wonderful , I'd love to attribute it to W.S. but I don't think it is him. I would go with Dave's call.
    smiles
    LiBBy

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  11. The quote is, I believe, by Arrigo Boito, an Italian poet, novelist and composer.

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  12. I vote for Dave. It just doesn't sound "Shakespearean".

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  13. I think we are all decided that the quote is not Shakespeare.

    Dave thinks it is J.M. Barrie and Pamela votes for Arrigo Boito, actually I had heard before that it could be Arrigo Boito but I know nothing about this poet. Some websites just opt for anonymous.

    I had read so many websites sighting Shakespeare but felt uncertain about it as I had never come across it before, nor had my husband (An English Literature teacher) and none of the websites named a play or source. I thought it sounded too modern, but then Shakespeare did write a huge amount.

    I had hoped to combine the quote into a piece of illustration but without knowing for certain I will have a rethink.

    Once I worked with an editor once who said, "when in doubt, say it is the work of Mr A. Nony Mouse.

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  14. Whoever penned it deserves a hug, for sure. What a lovely quote to write in calligraphy on a special piece of paper to leave on someone's pillow....
    Or to tuck into their pocket to find on their way to work....

    Diane

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  15. The websites I checked out said it was Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet. I found at least 3 websites who gave that information. Sounds like Neruda to me!
    Olivia

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  16. To me it sounds like a translation. It reminds me of my favourite compliment, which goes something like, "Come into my rose garden, I want to make them jealous".

    word verification: ban par me

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