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National Trust - Poem by Tony Harrison

Bottomless pits. There's on in Castleton,
and stout upholders of our law and order
one day thought its depth worth wagering on
and borrowed a convict hush-hush from his warder
and winched him down; and back, flayed, grey, mad, dumb.

Not even a good flogging made him holler!

O gentlemen, a better way to plumb
the depths of Britain's dangling a scholar,
say, here at the booming shaft at Towanroath,
now National Trust, a place where they got tin,
those gentlemen who silenced the men's oath
and killed the language that they swore it in.

The dumb go down in history and disappear
and not one gentleman's been brough to book:

Mes den hep tavas a-gollas y dyr

(Cornish-)
'the tongueless man gets his land took.'


Comments about National Trust by Tony Harrison

  • Gold Star - 67,634 Points Susan Williams (2/23/2016 3:47:00 PM)

    He jumps right into his argument.. by giving us a picture of the dreadful abuse of a convict. This convict is used for measuring the depth of a shaft: If that's not bad enough, he writes Not even a good flogging made him holler! ”. The poem then shifts to scholars.
    The convict could not protest against the action of “stout upholders of our law and order” and Harrison links his situation to the situation of the tin-miners of Cornwall whose language was stolen and who were coerced to join the National Trust. The people of Cornwall were tongueless not just because their language was stolen but also because no scholar spoke for them just as no scholar wrote about the convict. The historical annals we have are written by the privileged. Harrison uses the story of the convict and of the people of Cornwall as an instance of the abuse of people “by those with the power to control the means of collective expression and self-definiton”. Thus the title of the poem does not stand only for a business entity but also for the trust that scholars and the ruling class betrayed by degrading the lower class. {https: //is.muni.cz/th/85668/ff_b/BA_Major_Thesis-Bakalarska_Diplomova_Prace.pdf] (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 27,950 Points Savita Tyagi (2/23/2016 9:17:00 AM)

    Toungless man gets his land took. So true. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 121,632 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/23/2016 3:07:00 AM)

    Nice poem, thanks for sharing... (Report) Reply

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Poems About Trust

  1. 1. National Trust , Tony Harrison
  2. 2. Scared To Trust , Amy Kerswell
  3. 3. Trust Is..(Please Forgive Me) , Erin Thomasz
  4. 4. The Gardener Xxvii: Trust Love , Rabindranath Tagore
  5. 5. I Trust In Jesus , Michael P. Johnson
  6. 6. Trust In Me , terry bonam
  7. 7. Small Is The Trust When Love Is Green , Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. 8. Trust , Antwan Graham
  9. 9. Trust In The Unexpected , Emily Dickinson
  10. 10. A Question Of Trust? * , Alison Cassidy
  11. 11. To Live Merrily, And To Trust To Good Ve.. , Robert Herrick
  12. 12. Trust , Jake Gassiot
  13. 13. The Trust , Robert William Service
  14. 14. Trust In God , Charles Harpur
  15. 15. Trust Trust , Cody Fortner
  16. 16. 0420 Trust Nature , Michael Shepherd
  17. 17. Know God Trust God , Cecelia Weir
  18. 18. Bond Of Trust , Per. Nig.
  19. 19. Trust.... , Shashidhar Kumar
  20. 20. Sonnet: Have Trust/Faith In God , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  21. 21. (373) Trust In……….. , Melvina Germain
  22. 22. Trust Is , Missy Lynn
  23. 23. Trust Me , Victor Osorio
  24. 24. Try Before You Trust , Thomas Lord Vaux
  25. 25. Never Trust A Woman! , Mary Nagy
  26. 26. Trust , Victoria Sypniewski
  27. 27. (609) Betrayed Trust , Melvina Germain
  28. 28. Trust , Leonard Lee
  29. 29. An Issue Of Trust , Noemi Lee
  30. 30. I Trust Jesus....... , Ritika Abigail
  31. 31. Trust , Janelle Morehart
  32. 32. Hope, Trust And Time. , You... don't... want me...
  33. 33. Trust No One But Yourself! , Mahfooz Ali
  34. 34. Trust Is What We All Seek , JAIDEEP GARG
  35. 35. I Trust You , Rashee Shah
  36. 36. Trust You, Trust Me , Maya Robena
  37. 37. Trust , unkown child
  38. 38. Trust , Gordon David
  39. 39. Trust , darren westbrook
  40. 40. Trust , David Kowalczyk
  41. 41. Trust , Wild Bill Balding
  42. 42. Someone You Can Trust , Bob Gotti
  43. 43. Trust , Simi Kaulitz
  44. 44. Trust Vs Blood Bond (In The Works) , Scarlet .....
  45. 45. Faith Of Trust , Dr subhendu kar
  46. 46. Trust Me , Mary Nagy
  47. 47. Trust Me And I Promise , Kat Mercado
  48. 48. Just... Please Trust Me.... , Sandra jacks
  49. 49. Two-Way Trust. , Fay Slimm
  50. 50. Trust When Intense , Dr subhendu kar
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