Read the Poem That Inspired 'Noah,' Written by a 13-Year-Old Darren Aronofsky

Read the Poem That Inspired 'Noah,' Written by a 13-Year-Old Darren Aronofsky

Mar 28, 2014

Noah posterDarren Aronofsky is getting lots of positive buzz for his biblical epic Noah, but the filmmaker is also sharing the spotlight with an inspiration from his past – his seventh grade English teacher, who inspired him to become a writer.

Aronofsky says Vera Fried encouraged him to become a writer when he was just 13 years old. “She said, 'When you write your first book, dedicate it to me.'” The filmmaker did just that, acknowledging his former teacher in the coffee-table tome about the film.

That wasn’t all he did – Aronofsky also gave Fried two small parts in the film, and brought her to the premiere to bask in the glow of celebrity. Fried seems excited about her newfound stardom, although she says she didn’t find Russell Crowe as hot as Anthony Hopkins.

The funniest part of the story is that Fried had no idea her former student had become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after directors. “I didn’t hear from him for 33 years, and then he sent me the unpunctuated e-mail.” Ever the English teacher…

Fried, who is now retired and lives in Florida, did one last favor for her former student – she read a poem by the young Aronofsky. The piece in question, entitled The Dove, not only won a contest back in 1982, but served as the inspiration for Noah. For something written by a 13-year-old kid, it’s pretty good.



The Dove

A Poem by Darren Aronofsky

January 13, 1982

Evil was in the world

The laughing crowd

Left the foolish man at his ark

Filled with animals

When the rain began to fall

It was hopeless

The man could not take the evil crowd with him

But he was allowed to bring his good family.

The rain continued through the night

And the cries of screaming men filled the air

The ark was afloat

Until the dove returned with the leaf

Evil still existed.

When the rainbows reached throughout the sky

The humble man and his family knew what it meant

The animals ran and flew freely with their newborn

The fog rose and the sun shone

Peace was in the air

And it soon appeared in all of man’s heart.

He knew evil would not be kept away

For evil and war could not be destroyed

But neither was it possible to destroy peace

Evil is hard to end and peace is hard to begin

But the rainbow and the dove will always live

Within every man’s heart.

[via Variety]





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