Jonathan Swift

(30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745 / Dublin)

A Maypole

Poem by Jonathan Swift

Deprived of root, and branch and rind,
Yet flowers I bear of every kind:
And such is my prolific power,
They bloom in less than half an hour;
Yet standers-by may plainly see
They get no nourishment from me.
My head with giddiness goes round,
And yet I firmly stand my ground:
All over naked I am seen,
And painted like an Indian queen.
No couple-beggar in the land
E'er joined such numbers hand in hand.
I joined them fairly with a ring;
Nor can our parson blame the thing.
And though no marriage words are spoke,
They part not till the ring is broke;
Yet hypocrite fanatics cry,
I'm but an idol raised on high;
And once a weaver in our town,
A damned Cromwellian, knocked me down.
I lay a prisoner twenty years,
And then the jovial cavaliers
To their old post restored all three -
I mean the church, the king, and me.


Comments about A Maypole by Jonathan Swift

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/31/2020 12:44:00 PM)

    Deprived of root, and branch and rind,
    Yet flowers I bear of every kind:
    And such is my prolific power,
    They bloom in less than half an hour. beautiful. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (3/31/2020 4:27:00 AM)

    Edifying and captivating rhyming diction by Mr Swift.
    Superbly constructed and delivered.
    A worthy poem of the day.(Report)Reply

    Dominic WindramDominic Windram(3/31/2020 7:49:00 AM)

    I completely agree with your excellent comments...a wonderfully incisive poem about dour Puritanism methinks.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (3/31/2019 6:33:00 PM)

    One of the best poems by Jonathan Swift........(Report)Reply

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  • Chan MongolChan Mongol (3/31/2019 6:29:00 PM)

    Love the poetic language of yours. Beautifully constructed. A nice choice of the Poemhunter.com and mine too! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (3/31/2019 11:15:00 AM)

    I lay a prisoner twenty years, And then the jovial cavaliers To their old post restored all three - I mean the church, the king, and me.(Report)Reply

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  • Bhargabi Dei MahakulBhargabi Dei Mahakul (3/31/2019 4:19:00 AM)

    A decorated pole with flowers and beauty is very nice and attractive. When hypocrite fanatics cry this scribble mind and we think for love, peace and unity to overcome such hypocrite fanatics. Church giving biblical knowledge guides in tight way to lead a peaceful life.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/31/2019 3:19:00 AM)

    An amazing poem penned by a great poet and critique. It is enchanting and a pleasure to read. A great classical poem..(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (3/31/2019 1:57:00 AM)

    A critical poetry only a poet critic can write! Jonathan Swift one such one! Thanks for sharing here!(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/31/2019 1:35:00 AM)

    Yet hypocrite fanatics cry,
    ........
    I'm but an idol raised on high;
    And once a weaver in our town,
    A damned Cromwellian, knocked me down.....///master of satire!(Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/31/2018 10:16:00 PM)

    I lay a prisoner twenty years,
    And then the jovial cavaliers
    To their old post restored all three -
    I mean the church, the king, and me.(Report)Reply

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  • Joshua AdeyemiJoshua Adeyemi (3/31/2018 5:57:00 PM)

    I lay a prisoner twenty years,
    And then the jovial cavaliers
    To their old post restored all three -
    I mean the church, the king, and me.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (3/31/2018 10:12:00 AM)

    My first time reading this one, though the feel, the subject matter strike me as Swift-ian. Contemporary in its own time, the poem remains so with a bit of application—the clash, as some would have it, of pagan practices with a newer orthodoxy. -Glen(Report)Reply

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  • Muzahidul RezaMuzahidul Reza (3/31/2018 2:56:00 AM)

    such is my prolific power, ........... greatly penned by Swift(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/31/2018 1:50:00 AM)

    With prolific power every kind of flower all bear in life to accept purity and softness. This poem is definitely very excellently penned and has broad and amazing essence...10(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/31/2017 11:20:00 PM)

    Simply superb poem, rich in rhyme, rhythm and a pleasure to read.(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (3/31/2017 9:14:00 PM)

    a poet of great wit and mirth;
    yet I'm not up on his girth.(Report)Reply

    doug scotney(3/31/2020 6:21:00 PM)

    can't get my arms around its girth

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (3/31/2017 9:48:00 AM)

    My head with giddiness goes round,
    And yet I firmly stand my ground:
    Wonderful words to make a note about swift!(Report)Reply

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  • Joshua AdeyemiJoshua Adeyemi (3/31/2017 6:48:00 AM)

    Wow! , intriguing and fabulous.
    Great job done! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Joshua AdeyemiJoshua Adeyemi (3/31/2017 6:47:00 AM)

    Intriguing and fabulous.
    Great job done!(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/31/2017 3:48:00 AM)

    May plainly see! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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