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Poetry Corner, Soap Opera Edition | “Love’s Philosophy”

When people think of soap operas, they think of many things… but poetry is probably not chief amongst them. And yet over the past month or so, viewers of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL — the sudsy saga set in the glitzy world of the Los Angeles fashion industry — have witnessed forbidden love blossoming between a man and woman who share a common love of poetry in general, and one poem in particular.

The tale is the kind of twisted, epic romance that THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL does better than any other soap. Over two decades ago, we watched as handsome playboy Ridge Forrester fell in love with Brooke Logan, a poor girl from the other side of town. They were, we were told, one another’s “destiny.”

But a lot can happen over the span of a lifetime, especially when you are characters on a soap opera. These days, Ridge is committed to making a life with Brooke… despite having fallen hard for her soft-spoken sister, Katie. Recently, Katie and Ridge realized they shared a love for the Percy Bysshe Shelley poem Love’s Philosophy. So much so that when the officiant began reading the poem at Ridge and Brooke’s latest wedding — at which Katie was, of course, matron of honor! — poor Katie collapsed!


The story is full of longing glances and beautiful musical cues… and repeated swoon-worthy readings of this poem. Enjoy!


The fountains mingle with the river

   And the rivers with the ocean,

The winds of heaven mix for ever

   With a sweet emotion;

Nothing in the world is single;

   All things by a law divine

In one spirit meet and mingle.

   Why not I with thine?—


See the mountains kiss high heaven

   And the waves clasp one another;

No sister-flower would be forgiven

   If it disdained its brother;

And the sunlight clasps the earth

   And the moonbeams kiss the sea:

What is all this sweet work worth

   If thou kiss not me?


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About Tomi Wiley (38 Articles)
Tomi L. Wiley is the Poetry and Short Fiction Editor for Sweatpants & She has written and edited for media including Southern Living and Oxford American magazines, has been published in the literary anthologies Milk & Ink: a Mosaic of Motherhood, Telling Tales, Maypop and the Southeast Review, has coordinated panels for the Southern Festival of Books, spoken on the creative writing process at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is a past president of the Tennessee Writers Alliance. She lives in Knoxville, where she is writing her first novel with the help of lots of wine, goat cheese and the Barefoot Contessa.

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