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King Canute

Rating: 2.8

KING CANUTE was weary hearted; he had reigned for years a score,
Battling, struggling, pushing, fighting, killing much and robbing more;
And he thought upon his actions, walking by the wild sea-shore.

'Twixt the Chancellor and Bishop walked the King with steps sedate,
Chamberlains and grooms came after, silversticks and goldsticks great,
Chaplains, aides-de-camp, and pages,—all the officers of state.

Sliding after like his shadow, pausing when he chose to pause,
If a frown his face contracted, straight the courtiers dropped their jaws;

If to laugh the king was minded, out they burst in loud hee-haws.
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Kinyua Karanja 01 December 2015

This is a great piece, I found it more a narrative kind poem. It's nice

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Jenny Kehr 01 June 2018

I love it. It has much cadence which I think is a must in poetry, but nowadays it is not so. And its last verse is so real.

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Stephen W 01 December 2015

I found this an easy read compared to some older poems, no attempt at clumsy long sentences. A fine piece, with a timeless theme.

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Susan Williams 01 December 2015

I guess we modern people like our reads short and sweet. The entire poem was something I had to force myself through. Hopefully that is an indictment of my tastes and not a judgment against his talent

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Kim Barney 01 December 2015

This is longer than I usually like to read, but I managed to make it all the way through and was even somewhat entertained. Kind of strange how every verse has three lines except the last verse, which has four.

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Edward Kofi Louis 01 December 2015

Nice work with the muse of a King. Thanks for sharing.

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