The two poetic quotations that adorn the Professor's apartment are from two sources. The quotation above the "wonderwall" itself is from first two stanzas of the final section ("The Departure") of Alfred Lord Tennyson's "The Daydream", a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty Legend. The other is from near the beginning of "An End," by Christina Georgina Rossetti; this poem begins "Love, strong as death, is dead . . . "
Prof. Oscar Collins:
I don't like songs. Music is just organized noise, and noise is poison to the mind.