Two Visits to Poetry Corner: Never in My Lifetime

… did my favorite poetic work feel so appropriate.

You can listen to it here.

But as consolation, Thomas Hardy:

In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’

Only a man harrowing clods
In a slow silent walk
With an old horse that stumbles and nods
Half asleep as they stalk.

Only thin smoke without flame
From the heaps of couch-grass;
Yet this will go onward the same
Though Dynasties pass.

Yonder a maid and her wight
Come whispering by:
War’s annals will cloud into night
Ere their story die.

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About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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One Response to Two Visits to Poetry Corner: Never in My Lifetime

  1. The Ancient says:

    The most mordant witticism of the night came from conservative writer Rick Brookheiser, who quotes the general of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard at Waterloo: “La garde meurt et ne se rend pas!” (“The Guard dies but it does not surrender!”)

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