Lee Daniel wrote:
>I didn't recognize the poem when I heard it, but I remember that the line
>"...wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief..."
stuck in my mind very
>clearly. Alda's character did say it was Blake; either a writer's mistake
or a sharp writer trying
>to see how many Blake and/or Berry fans would catch the character's mistake.
>So did the ER writers intentionally misattribute that quote to emphasize the
>quirky selective nature of mental degeneration with Alzhiemers? Or did
they just not know?
I checked an ER website and tracked down the name of the writer for the episode in question, November 11th, entitled "The Peace of Wild Things". The writer was John Wells, who has major responsability for the series, he writes and directs episodes in addition to other "executive" duties. He also happens to be the President of the Writer's Guild of America. Their website can be found at:
and, John Wells, as their president can easily be contacted, or at least it's easy to phone his office. (There's an 800 number.)
I made the call and asked for the source of the poem. Of course, you guys have already tracked that down by now, but these other questions--an accidental misattribution or a mistake by the character to emphasize the effects of Alzhiemers?--I didn't ask about. Also, I didn't get a reply to my original question about the poem.
Obviously, since at the time I didn't know the title of the poem, I didn't recognize that the title of the episode WAS the title of the poem. At this point I would venture a guess that the "misattribution" by the character was no mistake by the writer.
Best, Jeff Davis
"Everything's hard till you know how to do it." Ray Charles