Vlamertinghe: Passing the Chateau

Edmund Blunden 1896 (London) – 1974 (Long Melford)



And all her silken flanks with garlands drest -
But we are coming to the sacrifice.
Must those flowers who are not yet gone West?
May those flowers who live with death and lice?
This must be the flowerist place
That earth allows; the queenly face
Of the proud mansion borrows grace for grace
Spite of those brute guns lowing at the skies.
Bold great daisies' golden lights,
Bubbling roses' pinks and whites -
Such a gay carpet! poppies by the million;
Such damask! such vermilion!
But if you ask me, mate, the choice of colour
Is scarcely right; this red should have been duller.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Scheme ABABCCCDEEFFGG
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 587
Words 107
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 14

Edmund Blunden

Edmund Charles Blunden, MC was an English poet, author and critic. more…

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