In the movie of The Lovely Bones, what was the poem Ray wrote to Susie?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Apart from a very significant literary allusion, I am guessing that it was the writer of the screenplay for The Lovely Bones that wrote the poem you speak of (because Alice Sebold does not include a poem in the book itself).  Regardless, the answer to your question can be found in Scene/Chapter 5 at marker 49:05 - 49:27.

If I had but an hour of love,

If that be all that's given me.

An hour of love; upon this earth,

I would give my love to thee.

The Moore

It was specifically written for the film:  a nice addition, I think, to enthrall a teen audience.  HOWEVER, this poem contains a very important allusion (an indirect reference to a literary work).  In addition to Ray Singh speaking of himself as "the Moor" and referring to himself, then, as Shakespeare's Othello, there is also a line from Shakespeare's play echoed here in the poem:  "I have but an hour Of love, ... To spend with thee."  Ironically, the line is spoken by Desdemona and not Othello.  In this regard, the movie becomes a fun treasure hunt for any Shakespearean enthusiast.

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millshake | eNotes Newbie

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Based on lines from Othello and adapted for the film.... Yes Shakespeare is beautiful


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daniani09 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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If i had but an hour of love, if that be all it's given me, an hour of love upon this earth, i would give my love to the. The moor

it was written just for the movie but references to othello, the moor being othello himself... says in act 1 scene 3 of othello line 298 "Come, Desdemona: I have but an hour Of love, of worldly matters and direction, To spend with thee: we must obey the time"... And in the movie they see the play othello and discuss it... i think it is beautiful.

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brttnybdtwn | eNotes Newbie

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Sorry..I don't know who wrote it, or if it was spacifically written for the film, but I am pretty obsessed with it..

"If I had but an hour of love,

 If that be all it's given me.

 An hour of love; upon this earth,

 I would give my love to thee."

Signed -  The Moore