Boy Meets World

Season 6 Episode 9

Poetic License: An Ode to Holden Caulfield

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Nov 20, 1998 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The poetry used in this episode was written by cast member, Rider Strong.

    • Eric's "shoe" idea is flawed. What if Person One drew Person Two's shoe, but Person Two drew Person Seven's shoe, etc.?

    • Shawn says he's been doing poetry ever since he can remember. His memory must be pretty short, considering he has previously stated his disdain for poetry; most notably in New Friends and Old.

  • Quotes

    • Eric: You two are so uptight, I can't even think; and you know how hard that is for me in the first place.

    • Rachel: I'm about to beat the crap out of the troll.

    • Cory: My next poem is called "Frustration". Come on Topanga!

    • Cory: Are we OK?
      Shawn: You're my date aren't you.

    • Cory: I call this next poem "Feeny".
      Mr. Feeny is very smart,
      on many subjects,
      including art.
      And yet he can't help me with my frustration.

    • Cory (reading Shawn's poem):
      "Top of the World"

      You don't know it,
      but sometimes I go to a hill
      That overlooks the lanscape's mask of city lights
      for a sip of momentary grace.
      On this brink of everything i know,
      I can gain an eyeful of the lost Atlantis
      in the humal soul
      and the breath that fills my lungs
      with the air between 2 stars.
      If you were now to capture the image of this elation
      in the framework of your mind
      or find transcendence through these words,
      then, at most, you would know nothing
      of the beauty your existence throws to me.
      For mine is a love
      no experience,
      no measure,
      no words,
      could ever degrade into reality by virtue or degree.

  • Notes

    • Although credited, Betsy Randle (Amy Matthews), Lindsay Ridgeway (Morgan Matthews) and William Russ (Alan Matthews) do not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Title: Poetic License: An Ode to Holden Caulfield

      Poetic License is the freedom a writer has to ignore conventional rules of writing, grammar and even fact, for the sake of his/her work.

      Holden Caulfield is the main character in J.D. Salinger's novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

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