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Richard Wilbur
Richard Wilbur
Born in New York City in 1921, Richard Wilbur is the author of numerous books of poetry and the recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award...
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The Prisoner of Zenda

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by Richard Wilbur

At the end a
"The Prisoner of Zenda,"
The King being out of danger,
Stewart Granger
(As Rudolph Rassendyll)
Must swallow a bitter pill
By renouncing his co-star,
Deborah Kerr.

It would be poor behavia
In him and in Princess Flavia
Were they to put their own
Concerns before those of the Throne.
Deborah Kerr must wed
The King instead.

Rassendyll turns to go.
Must it be so?
Why can't they have their cake
And eat it, for heaven's sake?
Please let them have it both ways,
The audience prays.
And yet it is hard to quarrel
With a plot so moral.

One redeeming factor,
However, is that the actor
Who plays the once-dissolute King
(Who has learned through suffering
Not to drink or be mean
To his future Queen),
Far from being a stranger,
Is also Stewart Granger.





Audio Clip
December 07, 1989
Pierpont Morgan Library
From the Academy Audio Archive



From The Mind Reader: New Poems by Richard Wilbur, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.Copyright © by Richard Wilbur. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
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