Should Readers Sympathize with Dante’s Famous Lovers, Francesca and Paolo? — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

WHAT IS CLASSIC REMARKS? Classic Remarks is a meme hosted here at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE? Leave […]

Should Readers Sympathize with Dante’s Famous Lovers, Francesca and Paolo? — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

Poem: The Last Blog

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If this were the last blog
what would I say?
How many would read
these forlorn final words?
Most would be caught up in panic,
watching their stock disappear,
their homes wash away,
or hell’s mushroom clouds
pervade the highest heaven.

If you could,
most would gather family,

maybe friends – and hold them close,
the internet only recently gone
but like a distant irrelevance now.
Yet still I am here, pen in hand,
finger on keyboard
in pathetic pretence that someone out there
might read these words

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Poem: This Side of Domesday

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He dwells here in the rafters, they say,
among the bees nests and wood rot,
shifting like some spirit of the night
when modern lights switch on.
From Normandy he came
with looters and carpetbaggers,
led through England’s porous gates
to plunder and destroy,
to establish his lascivious life.
The only gates open now,
beyond haunting this crumbling pile,
are the fires of flaming hell.

copyright Francis Barker 2019