Caroline Kennedy

  • Aired:  04/16/13
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"Poems to Learn by Heart" author Caroline Kennedy encourages people to steal her book with their minds. (5:55)

>> Colbert: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS A NEW BOOK

OF POETRY YOU SHOULD MEMORIZE.

IT'S CALLED... I DON'T KNOW.

I'LL ASK HER.

PLEASE WELCOME CAROLINE KENNEDY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HEY, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> GOOD.

Colbert: GOOD TO SEE YOU

AGAIN

>> THANK YOU

Colbert: HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?

VERY WELL

Colbert: YOU'RE THE AUTHOR

AND EDITOR OF TEN BOOKS ON

AMERICAN HISTORY, POLITICS,

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND POETRY:

YOU GOT ANOTHER POETRY BOOK

HERE.

IT'S CALLED "POEMS TO LEARN BY

HEART."

>> THAT'S RIGHT

Colbert: WHY ARE YOU SO ON TO

POETRY?

DO WE NEED IT ANYMORE?

WE HAVE TWITTER.

IT'S SHORTER, YOU KNOW, BETTER

GRAMMAR THAN E.E. CUMMINGS

>> GIRLS LOVE POETRY

Colbert: THEY DO?

YES, THEY DO

Colbert: I KNOW THEY LIKE THE

CHOCOLATE AND THE FLOWERS.

IF YOU BREAK OUT A HICKORY DICK

ORE DOCK

>> NOT LIKE THAT, NO, NO.

NOT LIKE THAT EGG THING, NO.

>> Colbert: THE EGG THING?

BY THE WAY, THANK YOU FOR BEING

HERE ON THE NIGHT THAT I ATE AN

EGG RIGHT OUT OF A CHICKEN'S

BUTT.

WHAT GOOD IS POETRY?

>> POETRY IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE

HUMAN HEART.

IT CAN HELP US LIVE OUR LIVES.

IT ENRICHES OUR LIVES.

IT MAKES EVERYTHING MORE

INTENSE.

EVERYTHING.

AND I MEAN EVERYTHING.

>> Colbert: REALLY?

YES

Colbert: BUT WHY MEMORIZE IT?

I CAN UNDERSTAND BUYING THE

BOOK.

YOU HAVE A BOOK FULL OF POETRY

HERE.

BUT WHY WOULD I MEMORIZE THIS

BOOK?

WHY WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE PEOPLE

TO STEAL YOUR BOOK WITH THEIR

MINDS?

>> SO YOU CAN HAVE IT... SO YOU

CAN HAVE IT WITH YOU AND STILL

GIVE IT TO THE PEOPLE THAT YOU

LOVE.

IT JUST MAKES EVERYTHING THAT

YOU DO MORE INTERESTING.

IT MAKES YOU SMARTER.

I MEAN, DO YOU LIKE TO PRACTICE

SPORTS?

DO YOU LIKE TO... NO?

WELL, DO YOU LIKE TO PRACTICE

PRAYING?

>> Colbert: YEAH, I DO.

I PRACTICE PRAYING.

CAN PRAYER BE A POEM?

>> IT CAN

Colbert: CAN POEMS BE A

PRAYER?

>> YES, THEY CAN.

Colbert: OKAY.

I'VE GOT A BEEF WITH YOU.

>> OKAY

Colbert: YOU HAVE THE

GETTYSBURG ADDRESS IN HERE AS A

POEM.

THAT'S NOT A POEM.

>> IT'S POETIC.

Colbert: THAT'S A SPEECH.

BUT THERE'S NO RHYME IN IT.

>> IT INSPIRES US

Colbert: OF THE PEOPLE BY THE

PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE

DOESN'T COUNT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T

RHYME PEOPLE WITH PEOPLE

>> THAT'S TRUE.

THAT'S TOO BAD

>> Colbert: DO YOU TAKE YOUR OWN

ADVICE, PHYSICIAN

>> WHAT

Colbert: DO YOU MEMORIZE YOUR

OWN POETRY?

>> NOT MY OWN BUT I MEMORIZE

OTHER POEMS.

I DO

>> Colbert: CRACK ONE OPEN RIGHT

NOW.

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT?

ONE STANDS A.

JUST ONE STANDS A.

WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME.

DON'T DO A LONG ONE

>> YOU CAN DO THAT.

Colbert: ONE STANZ

HAPPILY ONWARD INTO THE

VALLEY OF DEATH.

(QUOTING POETRY TO EACH OTHER)

>> DOWN TO A SUN LIT SEA.

WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO DRINK THE

MILK OF PARADISE?

>> Colbert: WITH BURBON.

SLENDER AS A WILLOW WAND, OWE

CLEARER THAN CLEAR WATER, OWE

REED BY THE LIVING POOL FAIR

RIVER DAUGHTER SPRINGTIME AND

SUMMERTIME AND SPRING AGAIN

AFTER, OH, WIND ON THE WATERFALL

AND THE LEAVES' LAUGHTER

>> I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.

SO MUCH DEPENDS ON OUR RED WHEEL

BEAR OWE GLAZED WITH RAIN WATER

BESIDE THE WHITE CHICKENS

>> Colbert: YOU NEED NOT BE SO

SPRY CONCERNING MATTERS ARTY.

EACH TO HIS PACE BUT AS FOR I I

LIKE A CERTAIN PARTY.

I'LL TAKE THE SOLID BLISS.

FOR WHOSE IDEAS I'LL MATCH YOU,

A PRETTY GIRL WHOSE NAKED IS, IS

WORTH A MILLION STATUES.

>> ALL HIS FRIENDS WERE THERE.

Colbert: SURE.

THEY ALL WENT OUT FOR AIR.

Colbert: THAT WAS E.E.

CUMMINGS.

MINE WAS E.E. CUMMINGS.

>> OKAY.

WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO WORK

ON IT.

>> Colbert: WHAT WORRIES ME

ABOUT THIS IS THAT, A, I DON'T

HAVE ROOM IN MY HEAD FOR

ANYTHING ANYMORE BECAUSE IT'S

ALL FULL OF PASSWORDS I NEED FOR

ONLINE.

>> THAT'S TRUE.

Colbert: COMPLETELY FILLED

UP.

>> POETRY CAN BE YOUR PASSWORD

Colbert: ACTUALLY I HAVE A

POEM THAT HELPS ME REMEMBER MY

PASSWORD.

TWO ROADS DIVERGE IN A YELLOW

WOOD AND THEN THREE ROADS

DIVERGE AND THEN SEVEN ROADS AND

THEN TWO ROADS AGAIN.

AND THAT HAS MADE ALL THE PIN

CODE.

>> THAT'S GOOD.

NOW YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE MAKE A

NEW ONE NOW THAT YOU TOLD

EVERYONE

>> Colbert: CAN I TALK ABOUT

HOMER WITH YOU FOR A SECOND

>> SURE

Colbert: YOU KNOW WHO HOMER

WAS, RIGHT?

>> OKAY

Colbert: BEFORE THERE WERE

BOOKS THIS IS WHY I DON'T

UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WOULD SELL A

BOOK THAT ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO

MEMORIZE THINGS BECAUSE BEFORE

THERE WERE BOOKS THERE WAS THE

ORAL TRADITION.

WE DIDN'T NEED BOOKS

>> NO.

NOW WE HAVE THEM

>> Colbert: HOMER WOULD COME

OVER TO YOUR HOUSE FOR LIKE 24

HOURS TO RECITE THE ILIAD AND

THE ODYSSEY.

YOU COULDN'T ASK HIM TO LEAVE

BECAUSE HE WAS BLIND.

AND THAT WOULD BE CREEPY.

YOU KNOW, YOU'D SEEM LIKE A JERK

>> WELL, YOU COULD LEAVE AND

LEAVE HIM THERE.

HE WAS BLIND SO HE WOULDN'T SEE

YOU.

>> Colbert: THAT'S HOW YOU

LEAVE.

AMAZING.

CAROLINE, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

CAROLINE KENNEDY.

POEMS TO LEARN BY HEART.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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