Death be not proud; Death thou shalt die!)
Nothing but a breath, a comma, separates life from life everlasting.
Very simple, really.
With the original punctuation restored, death is no longer
something to act out on a stage with exclamation marks.
It is a comma, a pause.
And death shall be no more, death thou shalt die.
Emma Thompson played her most convincing role yet as Vivian Bearing, a scholar of 17th century poetry, an expert on John Donne. Wit is the story of Professor Bearing’s journey through advanced ovarian cancer.
This movie is heavy. Heartbreakingly heavy. It’s the kind of movie that saturates you. Words, cancer and Emma. Most of the movie is shot as a monologue with Emma talking directly to the camera. Thompson is a marvel at giving each syllable its due.
of cancer treatment: it is highly educational.
I am learning to suffer.
Or I was…when I had shoes…or eyebrows.
Words. You will never forget the meaning of soporific. My old friend concatenation had its half-second of fame. Even the name of the protagonist is interesting: Vivian – which evokes all those Latinate vivo- words – means lively. Bearing gives the sense of what she is doing with all the cancer treatment: bearing it.
Why is such a sorrowful movie called Wit? John Donne is called a metaphysical wit, the word wit used in the sense of keen discernment or exceptional intelligence.
The words of Donne did me in. Just like watching Julie & Julia makes you want to cook up a wonderful meal, watching Wit makes me yearn to learn Donne, to have his potent poetry memorized. I’m particularly interested in his Devotions upon Emergent Occasions. The first thing I did after the credits had rolled and I had picked the puddle of myself up from my chair was go to Amazon and put the DVD (only 5.99!) in my shopping cart. Clicking on the picture below takes you there.