Two Fusiliers

Robert Graves 1895 (Wimbledon) – 1985 (Deià)



And have we done with War at last?
Well, we’ve been lucky devils both,
And there’s no need of pledge or oath
To bind our lovely friendship fast,
By firmer stuff
Close bound enough.

By wire and wood and stake we’re bound,
By Fricourt and by Festubert,
By whipping rain, by the sun’s glare,
By all the misery and loud sound,
By a Spring day,
By Picard clay.

Show me the two so closely bound
As we, by the red bond of blood,
By friendship, blossoming from mud,
By Death: we faced him, and we found
Beauty in Death,
In dead men breath.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABBACC DAXDEE DFFDGG
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 544
Words 105
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6

Robert Graves

Robert von Ranke Graves was an English poet, scholar/translator/writer of antiquity specializing in Classical Greece and Rome, novelist and soldier in World War One. more…

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