Background of Peter Reads Poeattempt Doctor Otto Octavius advises a love sick Peter Parker that the best means to win a woman"s heart is to "feed her poetry" in Spider-Man 2 (2004). Peter memorizes and starts reciting to Mary Jane Watkid an excerp from the epic poem The Song of the Hiawatha, by nineteenth century Amerideserve to poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem, which defines several legends of the Chippewa Indians, was published in 1855. Parker starts reciting a pair lines from the poem, which read: Brightest green were all her apparel, And her hair was favor the sunshine. Day by day he gazed upon her, Day by day he sighed through passion...
A much longer excerp of Longfellow"s poem, The Song of the Hiawatha, is posted below. Several lines in the passage parallel Peter Parker"s very own instance and also his thoughts and also feelings about Mary Jane. These lines are bolded and also highlighted in blue.
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Peter Parker (left) and also Mary Jane Watboy (right)
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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The Song of the Hiawatha (1855) Excerp of Part I, Chapter 2: The Four Winds By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listless, careless Shawondasee! In his life he had actually one shadow, In his heart one sorrow had actually he. Once, as he was gazing northward, Far away upon a prairie He beheld a maiden standing, Saw a tall and also slender maiden All alone upon a prairie; Brightest green were all her clothing, And her hair was like the sunshine. Day by day he gazed upon her, Day by day he sighed with passion, Day by day his heart within him Grew more warm through love and also longing For the massist via yellow tresses. But he was also fat and lazy To bestir himself and also woo her. Yes, as well indolent and also simple To pursue her and also guide her; So he only gazed upon her, Only sat and sighed through passion For the maiden of the prairie.

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Till one morning, looking northward, He behosted her yellow tresses Changed and extended o"er with whiteness, Covered as with whitest snow-flakes. "Ah! my brvarious other from the North-land, From the kingdom of Wabasso, From the land of the White Rabbit! You have stolen the maiden from me, You have actually lassist your hand upon her, You have wooed and also won my maiden, With your stories of the North-land!"