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I'm starting to feel slightly guilty for all the TW related spam, not to mention unhealthily obsessed, but I've just rewatched TKKS, and I'm coming more and more to the conclusion that we all (not excluding myself here) really underestimated that show.

I'm saving the whole Jack/Ianto stopwatch thing for later, but take the Emily Dickinson poems. Because I could not stop for Death... is an obvious choice, given the situation.

But then there is:

My life closed twice before its close --
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me

So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.

It maybe doesn't quite match, but it does fit both Jack and Suzie and the death/resurrection theme extremely well. To assume that 'parting' refers to The Parting of Ways is probably too much of a stretch, but it's still an intriguing coincidence.

And the third one:

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple host
Who took the flag to-day
Can tell the definition,
So clear, of victory!

As he, defeated, dying,
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

And even though the lines quoted in the episode don't really give it away, that's Suzie and Jack exactly. Suzie's hunger for the life she so desperately wants, and Jack's desperate weariness of his immortality. Both have what the other one wants, and neither can appreciate it. Granted, different writers and everything, but things like this tend to convince me that the Jack/Philoctetes parallel isn't coincidence either.


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Feb. 5th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Please do not feel guilty, this is wonderful. Poetry, always, seems to make things better.
Feb. 5th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) It's just that Torchwood seems to be all I'm posting about lately. I feel I should perhaps at least acquire a second obsession, except that I don't really have the time for that...
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Feb. 5th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
You're very, very welcome. I'm glad you're enjoying them. :)
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