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

  • (4/13/2017 12:46:00 AM)


    A wanton knows its mission (Report) Reply

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  • (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

  • (1/28/2009 4:49:00 AM)


    i want to bang robert graves (Report) Reply

  • (1/28/2009 4:49:00 AM)


    sexy, robert graves is fit as (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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