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Requiem For The Plantagenet Kings
(18 June 1932 / Worcestershire)

Requiem For The Plantagenet Kings

Poem By Geoffrey Hill

For whom the possessed sea littered, on both shores,
Ruinous arms; being fired, and for good,
To sound the constitution of just wards,
Men, in their eloquent fashion, understood.

Relieved of soul, the dropping-back of dust,
Their usage, pride, admitted within doors;
At home, under caved chantries, set in trust,
With well-dressed alabaster and proved spurs
They lie; they lie; secure in the decay
Of blood, blood-marks, crowns hacked and coveted,
Before the scouring fires of trial-day
Alight on men; before sleeked groin, gored head,
Budge through the clay and gravel, and the sea
Across daubed rock evacuates its dead.

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the ending line is especially effective. the implied sacrifice in it... but, also, the image of blood pouring out... and the saving... the erosion of even a moment of permanence... of grace period... oh! the diarrhea...


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