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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 - 108,777 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 - 37,788 Points Savita Tyagi (2/23/2016 9:17:00 AM)

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

  • Gold Star - 163,414 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. Trust In The Unexpected , Emily Dickinson
  3. 3. The Trust , Robert William Service
  4. 4. The Gardener Xxvii: Trust Love , Rabindranath Tagore
  5. 5. I Trust In Jesus , Michael P. Johnson
  6. 6. Scared To Trust , Amy Kerswell
  7. 7. Trust In God , Charles Harpur
  8. 8. Sonnet: Have Trust/Faith In God , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  9. 9. Trust No One But Yourself! , Mahfooz Ali
  10. 10. Let The Trusting Trust~ Haiku , Charles Garcia
  11. 11. To Live Merrily, And To Trust To Good Ve.. , Robert Herrick
  12. 12. Small Is The Trust When Love Is Green , Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. 13. Never Trust A Woman! , Mary Nagy
  14. 14. Trust Yourself , Jeff Fleischer
  15. 15. Trust Your Instincts , Audrey Heller
  16. 16. Trust Is..(Please Forgive Me) , Erin Thomasz
  17. 17. Just... Please Trust Me.... , Sandra jacks
  18. 18. You Stole My Trust , Amy Kerswell
  19. 19. What Is Trust? , Sylvia Chidi
  20. 20. Someone You Can Trust , Bob Gotti
  21. 21. Trust Begets Trust , gajanan mishra
  22. 22. Sonnet: Let’s Put Our Trust In God , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  23. 23. Trust In Me Hymn , Aldo Kraas
  24. 24. I Trust In My Faith Song , Aldo Kraas
  25. 25. Trust In Me , terry bonam
  26. 26. Trust Issues , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  27. 27. Sonnet: Put Your Trust In God , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  28. 28. Trust Vs Blood Bond (In The Works) , Scarlet .....
  29. 29. Bond Of Trust , Per. Nig.
  30. 30. Trust , Antwan Graham
  31. 31. Trust Trust , Cody Fortner
  32. 32. Trust , Gordon David
  33. 33. Trust , Jake Gassiot
  34. 34. Trust Is , Missy Lynn
  35. 35. Trust , Victoria Sypniewski
  36. 36. Just Trust Him , Laura Hull
  37. 37. Trust Me Its Not Fun , Aldo Kraas
  38. 38. Trust In Antiquity , Kctony Xtopher Nkwocha
  39. 39. Trust Like A Tree , Ray Lucero
  40. 40. Trust In The Lord , Mary Wismer
  41. 41. Trust The Lord , Mary Wismer
  42. 42. (609) Betrayed Trust , Melvina Germain
  43. 43. Proclaiming Of Trust , Sulaiman Mohd Yusof
  44. 44. Trust Me (From My Musical, This Is My Li.. , Peter S. Quinn
  45. 45. Blind Trust For M'Lady Lynda , ivor or ivor.e hogg
  46. 46. Trust Me! This Is Not A Dichotomy , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  47. 47. Trust Your Instincts , Aldo Kraas
  48. 48. Trust When Intense , Dr subhendu kar
  49. 49. Trust , Jim Milks
  50. 50. You Betrayed My Trust , Jeff Fleischer
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