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The Last Hero

Rating: 3.4
The wind blew out from Bergen from the dawning to the day,
There was a wreck of trees and fall of towers a score of miles away,
And drifted like a livid leaf I go before its tide,
Spewed out of house and stable, beggared of flag and bride.
The heavens are bowed about my head, shouting like seraph wars,
With rains that might put out the sun and clean the sky of stars,
Rains like the fall of ruined seas from secret worlds above,
The roaring of the rains of God none but the lonely love.
Feast in my hall, O foemen, and eat and drink and drain,
You never loved the sun in heaven as I have loved the rain.
The chance of battle changes -- so may all battle be;
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 30 August 2017
When on their skulls the sword I swing falls shattering from the sky. The hour when death is like a light and blood is like a rose, - You never loved your friends, my friends, as I shall love my foes. A thrilling poem. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks poet for the sharing. 10++ for it.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 30 August 2017
It is a beautiful poem having brilliant collocation and nice penmanship.Thanks and congratulations to his soul.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 30 August 2017
Such an interesting poem with long lines....
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Lantz Pierre 30 August 2017
The epic, brash, contentious belligerence of the content, the protagonist is well exaggerated. Bigger than life. A fair literary depiction. But it's the stylistic bravado that truly wins out. The swelling scansion, the bellicose or whispering alliterations, assonance and consonance of his word choices are spot on. Give this one a read out loud in your best Kenneth Branagh doing Shakespeare impersonation. It's almost symphonic. Orchestral. Lush in the mouth and on the ear.
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Karen Wood 15 September 2012
One of my favourite poems. The rhythm of the lines and the alliteration somehow captures his defiance. He has played the game and lost but he'll play it to the end.
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