Robert Graves

(1895 - 1985 / London / England)

Down, Wanton, Down!

Poem by Robert Graves

Down, wanton, down! Have you no shame
That at the whisper of Love's name,
Or Beauty's, presto! up you raise
Your angry head and stand at gaze?

Poor bombard-captain, sworn to reach
The ravelin and effect a breach--
Indifferent what you storm or why,
So be that in the breach you die!

Love may be blind, but Love at least
Knows what is man and what mere beast;
Or Beauty wayward, but requires
More delicacy from her squires.

Tell me, my witless, whose one boast
Could be your staunchness at the post,
When were you made a man of parts
To think fine and profess the arts?

Will many-gifted Beauty come
Bowing to your bald rule of thumb,
Or Love swear loyalty to your crown?
Be gone, have done! Down, wanton, down!


Comments about Down, Wanton, Down! by Robert Graves

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/17/2019 11:26:00 PM)

    " Love may be blind, but love at least
    knows what is man and what is beast"
    Great wisdom. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (2/17/2019 8:33:00 PM)

    I wouldn't have understood the meaning of the poem, or rather to whom the poem is addressed, but for the comments of Denis Mair and Hunter. Thanks to both of you!
    'Will many-gifted Beauty come
    Bowing to your bald rule of thumb,
    Or Love swear loyalty to your crown?
    Be gone, have done! Down, wanton, down! ' - Ha ha ha, well said!(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (2/17/2019 5:37:00 PM)

    One of the great poems by Robert Graves.......(Report)Reply

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  • Denis MairDenis Mair (2/17/2019 10:45:00 AM)

    He is addressing these words to his own organ. He doesn't want it to respond mindlessly. He wants to be attracted first of all to beauty of soul, but his wanton member thinks otherwise.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/17/2019 7:27:00 AM)

    Will many-gifted Beauty come
    Bowing to your bald rule of thumb,
    Or Love swear loyalty to your crown?
    Be gone, have done! Down, wanton, down! a great poem indeed. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/17/2019 3:54:00 AM)

    THIS is LOVE
    there is no SHAME
    no need fame
    no need name
    just a feelings of CLAIM
    O VALENTINE
    (you're not WANTON)
    forever mine!(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (2/17/2019 2:56:00 AM)

    The brutality of war coupled with love and patriotism in a sexual metaphor.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/17/2019 1:04:00 AM)

    Love at last! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (4/13/2017 12:46:00 AM)

    A wanton knows its mission(Report)Reply

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  • Dick Hunter (6/23/2010 9:04:00 PM)

    This is an excellent poem! ! ! I read it in my college composition class for the first time. The professor put us in groups to discuss what we thought the poem was about. I knew what it was about but I was too embarrassed to say it was about a ding a ling! ! ! Love this poem…(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003