Answer Poem by Sir Walter Scott

Answer

Rating: 2.5


Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife!
To all the sensual world proclaim,
One crowded hour of glorious life
Is worth an age without a name.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Kevin Straw 25 January 2010

The poem is a paeon to the glory of war the sound of which was drowned out by the machine guns in WWI. Is the word 'sensual' redundant? I google that it was quoted as anonymous by Scott, and taken up by the world (including Quiller-Couch's 1919 Oxford anthology, I see) as Scott's because it is like his style. But it was actually written by Mordaunt as part of a larger poem - to whom it is now rightfully attributed. I cannot imagine a poet of Scott's fame would plagiarise four lines. If Mordaunt is in heaven is he grateful to Scott for rescuing him from 'an age without a name'?

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Terence George Craddock 25 January 2010

No No not every poem written by a soldier is a call to arms. God forbid! ! ! Has no one else read Wilfred Owen and so many other poet soldiers of similar ilk? Who spilled their ink and blood lost in the mud while Consciousness Objectors. Who believed they had no right to speak out against such wars unless they fought. Please read Wilfred Owen, those exceptional anti-war protests.

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Manonton Dalan 25 January 2012

[i remember happy hour in sydney, australia when they ring bell we stand up and toast to a nameless mate... thanks mate; good day mate. that's glorious ain't it] md

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Crystal Conrick-knight 25 January 2014

love your poem thank you for sharing it. It is marked with powerful insight and wisdom.

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Kevin Straw 25 January 2010

The poem is a paeon to the glory of war the sound of which was drowned out by the machine guns in WWI. Is the word 'sensual' redundant? I google that it was quoted as anonymous by Scott, and taken up by the world (including Quiller-Couch's 1919 Oxford anthology, I see) as Scott's because it is like his style. But it was actually written by Mordaunt as part of a larger poem - to whom it is now rightfully attributed. I cannot imagine a poet of Scott's fame would plagiarise four lines. If Mordaunt is in heaven is he grateful to Scott for rescuing him from 'an age without a name'?

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Chinedu Dike 20 September 2019

A poignant work of art.......................................

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Zainab 08 February 2019

I love my native Land

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Ratnakar Mandlik 07 April 2017

Great short and sweet poem depicting a great truth.

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 07 April 2017

A short, succinct poem with a whole lot of meaning. A glorious life with rich experience lived well is worth an age!

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One brief moment of fame and notoriety is preferrable to a life unnoticed? Sometimes Fame can be unfortunate and sometimes better than nothing..Very few people can handle the attention fame brings unless they seek their moment in the Sun..

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