douglas scotney

Gold Star - 7,724 Points (boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

Overhung With You - Poem by douglas scotney

Above the only two lines of 'Ode on Napoleon'
Coleridge tacked a hoarding
Explaining how he'd been compelled to attempt it
Despite knowing that anger, hate,
'Vengeful spleen' and 'hoarse wailings'
Never a decent poem make.

He blames the abandonment of the ode
On an overhanging 'yew',
Meaning, the hated emperor,
One can assume,
Or, knowing the poet,
A drug Sam would often consume.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

after reading 'A Fragment from 'Ode on Napoleon''

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 31, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 5, 2013


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