Wednesday, 4 August 2010


Gene Wilder, deviantly perfect as Willy Wonka.

In the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Wonka states that "The snozberries taste like snozberries", Veruca Salt responds in an arrogant tone, "Snozberries? Who ever heard of a snozberry?". Willy Wonka grabs her by the mouth and replies, "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."

I've always loved this quote and (shamefully) only recently discovered that they are the first two lines of Ode, part of a poem by Arthur O'Shaughnessy. Here's the first verse:

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

Arthur O'Shaughnessy - 1874


  1. I saw this the other day and meant to comment. I must've watched this film a hundred times as a kid, I didn't know that either. I like this, good work. I feel a little more educated for it.