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Poetry in Movies: The Poems in “In Her Shoes”

Last Updated: January 21, 2023

If you’ve watched the movie In Her Shoes, you probably still remember the poems that Maggie read. In fact, the two scenes where she read the poems are definitely some of the best moments in the movie. So if you’re looking for the poems in the movie In Her Shoes, you’ve come to the right place.

About In Her Shoes

In Her Shoes is an American comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer Weiner. The movie is about the relationship between two sisters, Maggie (played by Cameron Diaz) and Rose (played by Toni Collette), and their grandmother.

The two sisters are very different from each other. Rose is the elder, who is plain, serious, and has a good job as a lawyer. Maggie is the opposite, she’s a free spirit party girl who is unable to hold a steady job. Their relationship has many ups and downs, but if you want to know more about it, go watch the movie.

The poems in In Her Shoes

There are two poems used in the movie In Her Shoes. Like I said in the beginning of this article, the scenes where Maggie read those poems are some of the strongest scenes in the movie. Here they are.

1. One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant to travel.
None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

–Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

Note: This poem is read when Maggie worked in the assisted living section of her grandmother’s retirement community. She befriended one of her patients, a blind retired professor. He asked Maggie to read this poem to him. Here’s the scene.

2. i carry your heart with me by E. E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Note: Maggie read this poem to Rose as a wedding gift, and it moved Rose to tears.

People also ask

  • What are the poems from In Her Shoes?

The poems from In Her Shoes are One Art by Elizabeth Bishop and i carry your heart with me by E. E. Cummings.

  • What is the movie In Her Shoes about?

In Her Shoes is about the relationship between two very different sisters, Maggie and Rose, and their grandmother.

  • Was Norman Lloyd in In Her Shoes?

Yes, he played as a blind retired professor of English literature, to whom Maggie read the poem One Art to.

Final thoughts

So that’s the poems in the movie In Her Shoes. I hope that you’re happy with what you’ve found in this article. If you want to re-watch the movie, now is probably a good time, or if you want more poetry related articles, check out some suggestions below.

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