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National Trust - Poem by Tony Harrison

Bottomless pits. There's on in Castleton,
and stout upholders of our law and order
one day thought its depth worth wagering on
and borrowed a convict hush-hush from his warder
and winched him down; and back, flayed, grey, mad, dumb.

Not even a good flogging made him holler!

O gentlemen, a better way to plumb
the depths of Britain's dangling a scholar,
say, here at the booming shaft at Towanroath,
now National Trust, a place where they got tin,
those gentlemen who silenced the men's oath
and killed the language that they swore it in.

The dumb go down in history and disappear
and not one gentleman's been brough to book:

Mes den hep tavas a-gollas y dyr

(Cornish-)
'the tongueless man gets his land took.'


Comments about National Trust by Tony Harrison

  • Gold Star - 88,315 Points Susan Williams (2/23/2016 3:47:00 PM)

    He jumps right into his argument.. by giving us a picture of the dreadful abuse of a convict. This convict is used for measuring the depth of a shaft: If that's not bad enough, he writes Not even a good flogging made him holler! ”. The poem then shifts to scholars.
    The convict could not protest against the action of “stout upholders of our law and order” and Harrison links his situation to the situation of the tin-miners of Cornwall whose language was stolen and who were coerced to join the National Trust. The people of Cornwall were tongueless not just because their language was stolen but also because no scholar spoke for them just as no scholar wrote about the convict. The historical annals we have are written by the privileged. Harrison uses the story of the convict and of the people of Cornwall as an instance of the abuse of people “by those with the power to control the means of collective expression and self-definiton”. Thus the title of the poem does not stand only for a business entity but also for the trust that scholars and the ruling class betrayed by degrading the lower class. {https: //is.muni.cz/th/85668/ff_b/BA_Major_Thesis-Bakalarska_Diplomova_Prace.pdf] (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 32,177 Points Savita Tyagi (2/23/2016 9:17:00 AM)

    Toungless man gets his land took. So true. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 160,634 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/23/2016 3:07:00 AM)

    Nice poem, thanks for sharing... (Report) Reply

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Poems About Trust

  1. 1. National Trust , Tony Harrison
  2. 2. The Gardener Xxvii: Trust Love , Rabindranath Tagore
  3. 3. Trust Is..(Please Forgive Me) , Erin Thomasz
  4. 4. Trust In The Unexpected , Emily Dickinson
  5. 5. Small Is The Trust When Love Is Green , Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. 6. Trust , Jake Gassiot
  7. 7. I Trust In Jesus , Michael P. Johnson
  8. 8. Trust In Me , terry bonam
  9. 9. To Live Merrily, And To Trust To Good Ve.. , Robert Herrick
  10. 10. Scared To Trust , Amy Kerswell
  11. 11. Trust , Antwan Graham
  12. 12. Trust In God , Charles Harpur
  13. 13. Trust Is , Missy Lynn
  14. 14. Trust Trust , Cody Fortner
  15. 15. Sonnet: Have Trust/Faith In God , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  16. 16. The Trust , Robert William Service
  17. 17. Know God Trust God , Cecelia Weir
  18. 18. Trust Me , Victor Osorio
  19. 19. Trust , Janelle Morehart
  20. 20. Trust.... , Shashidhar Kumar
  21. 21. Try Before You Trust , Thomas Lord Vaux
  22. 22. Trust , Victoria Sypniewski
  23. 23. Trust , Leonard Lee
  24. 24. A Question Of Trust? * , Alison Cassidy
  25. 25. 0420 Trust Nature , Michael Shepherd
  26. 26. Trust No One But Yourself! , Mahfooz Ali
  27. 27. (609) Betrayed Trust , Melvina Germain
  28. 28. (373) Trust In……….. , Melvina Germain
  29. 29. Bond Of Trust , Per. Nig.
  30. 30. Trust , unkown child
  31. 31. An Issue Of Trust , Noemi Lee
  32. 32. Trust , David Kowalczyk
  33. 33. Trust You, Trust Me , Maya Robena
  34. 34. Someone You Can Trust , Bob Gotti
  35. 35. Trust , Simi Kaulitz
  36. 36. Trust Me And I Promise , Kat Mercado
  37. 37. 'Trust In Him' , Natasha McGee
  38. 38. Trust Thou Thy Love , John Ruskin
  39. 39. Trust , Gordon David
  40. 40. Trust Yourself , Jeff Fleischer
  41. 41. Live, Love, Trust , Hannah McGill
  42. 42. Trust , darren westbrook
  43. 43. Trust Or No Trust , micheal hamilton Jr
  44. 44. Trust , Kandice Patterson
  45. 45. Trust Is Found , Jeff Rushton
  46. 46. Scared To Trust , Amy Louise Kerswell
  47. 47. Proclaiming Of Trust , Sulaiman Mohd Yusof
  48. 48. Can'T Trust Anyone , Jessica Kissner
  49. 49. Trust , Moth Harris
  50. 50. Trust And Betrayal , Suzy Skoda
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