King Canute

KING CANUTE was weary hearted; he had reigned for years a score,
Battling, struggling, pushing, fighting, killing much and robbing more;

by William Makepeace Thackeray Click to read full poem

Comments (6)

I love it. It has much cadence which I think is a must in poetry, but nowadays it is not so. And its last verse is so real.
I found this an easy read compared to some older poems, no attempt at clumsy long sentences. A fine piece, with a timeless theme.
I guess we modern people like our reads short and sweet. The entire poem was something I had to force myself through. Hopefully that is an indictment of my tastes and not a judgment against his talent
This is longer than I usually like to read, but I managed to make it all the way through and was even somewhat entertained. Kind of strange how every verse has three lines except the last verse, which has four.
Nice work with the muse of a King. Thanks for sharing.
This is a great piece, I found it more a narrative kind poem. It's nice