Hilaire Belloc
La Celle-Saint-Cloud
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Tarantella

Rating: 3.4
Do you remember an Inn,
Miranda?
Do you remember an Inn?
And the tedding and the spreading
Of the straw for a bedding,
And the fleas that tease in the High Pyrenees,
And the wine that tasted of tar?
And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers
(Under the vine of the dark veranda)?
Do you remember an Inn, Miranda,
Do you remember an Inn?
And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers
Who hadn't got a penny,
And who weren't paying any,
And the hammer at the doors and the din?
And the hip! hop! hap!
Of the clap
Of the hands to the swirl and the twirl
Of the girl gone chancing,
Glancing,
Dancing,
Backing and advancing,
Snapping of the clapper to the spin
Out and in--
And the ting, tong, tang of the guitar!
Do you remember an Inn,
Miranda?
Do you remember an Inn?

Never more;
Miranda,
Never more.
Only the high peaks hoar;
And Aragon a torrent at the door.
No sound
In the walls of the halls where falls
The tread
Of the feet of the dead to the ground,
No sound:
But the boom
Of the far waterfall like doom.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 16 February 2021
Congratulations for this amazing thought-provoking poem. Finest read, bit melancholic.but very brilliant.5 Stars!
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Nika Mcguin 15 February 2021
Amazing! You really evoked a lot of feeling here. Such joy and ruckus in the first part and such lament in the second. Well done!
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Ravi Kopra 15 February 2021
Yaad hai tumaiN vo saraaey
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Ravi Kopra 15 February 2021
Yaad hai tumaiN vo sarahaey
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Crane 10 December 2020
It was a staple of the poetry anthologies when I started teaching in the early 60s. The Highwayman was another similar poem. I don’t suppose you would ever see these poems in schools now! Not 'woke' enough!
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Francis 15 October 2020
Do you remember the old, young Johnson” Do you remember the old? They have fears of your tiers and the change in their years You are bold, but they’re cold and terribly old And they don’t realise what you are? And you stand, hand by hand, and we don’t understand (behind the trio of the wooden lecterns) Do you remember the old, young Johnson? Do you remember the old?
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Jennifer Budden 12 August 2020
Lovely and exciting, but why is it called Tarentella when this dance is Italian?
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Walter Sanson 01 May 2020
Thank you " Scribe" now I know who Miranda was
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