The Poets

September 08, 2011

Glory of Women

The first war poet I read, Siegfried Loraine Sassoon was one of my earliest influences in the realm of poetry.

His poetry, which emerged from and absorbed events that related to and surrounded the first World War, is exceedingly ontic, intermittently disturbing (though truthful), and tragically profound. His style is very ‘earthly’ and very existential, and he gracefully and nobly touches on topics that are taboo. He’s a good poet.

The first poem of his I read was Death Bed- a poem that depicts the throes of death and the dying away of a soldier in an infirmary (a highly recommended read). The poem below, titled Glory of Women, bares beautiful testimony of the talent and audacity of this poet’s works- check it out …

Glory of Women

You love us when we're heroes, home on leave,
Or wounded in a mentionable place.
You worship decorations; you believe
That chivalry redeems the war's disgrace.
You make us shells. You listen with delight,
By tales of dirt and danger fondly thrilled.
You crown our distant ardours while we fight,
And mourn our laurelled memories when we're killed.
You can't believe that British troops "retire"
When hell's last horror breaks them, and they run,
Trampling the terrible corpses - blind with blood.

O German mother dreaming by the fire,
While you are knitting socks to send your son
His face is trodden deeper in the mud.


P.J. said...

Oh... Guess what? I have been writing sonnets with trochees instead of iambs. Now I must get that out of my head... Or do you think I can write half of them with trochees, like the last ones in the collection, since my themes are quite dark and trochees are going downwards?
I will study some of this.

Magister Christianus said...

My friend, you are a kindred spirit indeed! I discovered your blog while searching for a picture of Alexander Pope to use on my iPad. I am a Christian, Latin teacher, husband, and father. I love poetry, especially verse in traditional meter, and Pope has long been my favorite. I enjoyed reading some of your verse and was delighted to see a contemporary poet writing in meter. Are you familiar with Timothy Steele? He is a poet and professor in California who writes and advocates for traditional meters.

I look forward to reading more of your work when I get the chance.

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