So, my friend had a book of love poems with her last night, and one was entitled ‘Mad About the Boy’ it’s written by Noel Coward. It’s a really beautiful piece of poetry. These four girls are all in love with a film star, and although that seems somewhat shallow in some ways, it’s stuck with me all day. My favourite lines were the last five lines from the ‘tarts’ perspective;
If I could employ a little magic
That would finally destroy
This dream that pains me and enchants me
But I can’t because I’m mad about the boy
Mad about the boy
It really got me thinking, and I love how poetry can capture you like that, it’s the same with lyrics from a song. When someone can just put down how you feel, so simply. I really wish I were able to do it.
Anyway, this particular piece just had me thinking, and I think it puts it perfectly. Liking some and not wanting to, yet at the same time you do. I really think it just fits and so many people can relate to it. Especially the ‘dream’ part, because she knows she can’t be with him, but yet, the dream of ‘them’ still ‘enchants’ her. I think everyone has someone like that, the one person that you can’t ever be with. It’s also obvious in this, that she could get over it, if she really tried, but she doesn’t want to, a part of her is wrapped up by this fanstancy.
Also, there are four other girls in this poem all taking about this film star they’ve seen at the cinema and how they all want him, and are crazy for him, yet I feel that the ‘tart’ feels so much more for him because shes probably one of the ones hes actually been with. I just think it’s so lovely, even more so because some people have in their head that postitutes aren’t real people, they have no ‘emotions’ if they can ‘make love’ with so many men yet not have any emotions for them, and not be in love with him. Yet, she is the one who speaks most lovingly about him, her and the cockney who says;
I’d give my all to him
And crawl to him,
So ‘elp me Gawd, I’m mad about the boy
they are clearly infatiuted and filled with lust for the boy and so often we confused this for love.
Anyway, I really loved this peom and since i dropped english I just wanted a place to deeply talk about it. I know, I probably should’ve kept it on, but if I don’t like a poem or a book I can’t speak passionately about it, like i just did. Plus, theres always that added snobbery when you’re doing english about authors etc and I just prefer being able to do things like this myself without it being right or wrong. Thanks for reading, Meaghan x