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Natalie Wood as 'Maria" in scene from the 1961 film "West Side Story." (HANDOUT/Reuters)
Natalie Wood as 'Maria" in scene from the 1961 film "West Side Story." (HANDOUT/Reuters)

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Natalie Wood: A drowning tragedy revisited Add to ...

“The things which I have seen I now can see no more.”

This is how William Wordsworth ends the first stanza of his Ode: Intimations of Immortality, a poem that a young Natalie Wood is forced, by a cruel English teacher, to read aloud and analyze in the 1961 movie Splendor in the Grass.

Wordsworth laments the loss of his childhood ability to apprehend the world with the “radiance” engendered by innocence. The anniversary of Wood’s death this month occasions one, in turn, to contemplate the tragic passing of “a glory from the earth.”

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