I wrote something on another blog about the Zen of the film Groundhog Day. (Don't laugh. It's there.) While I was researching that post, I realized that it's a film that has several poems in it too.
First, Andie MacDowell's character Rita quotes a poem in the café - "unwept, unhonoured, and unsung" - which are lines from Sir Walter Scott's "Lay of the Last Minstrel", Canto vi, Stanza 1, which begins with the famous line, "Breathes there a man with soul so dead...”
Bill Murray's character Phil quotes Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Work Without Hope."
"All Nature seems at work; slugs leave their lair,The French poem that Phil recites in the German restaurant was written by the film's co-writer Danny Rubin, based on the lyrics of Jacques Brel's "Bachelor's Dance".
The bees are stirring; birds are on the wing,
And winter, slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring;
And I, the while, the sole unbusy thing,
Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing."
Translated into English the poem reads:
The girl I will love
is like a fine wine
that gets a little better
Groundhog Day (the film)
The film as self-help: The Magic of Groundhog Day: Transform Your Life Day by Day