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Her Beauty -- Max Plowman

(Poem #551) Her Beauty
 I heard them say, "Her hands are hard as stone,"
 And I rememebred how she laid for me
 The road to heaven. They said, "Her hair is grey."
 Then I remembered how she once had thrown
 Long plaited strands, like cables, into the sea
 I battled in -- the salt sea of dismay.
 They say, "Her beauty's past." And then I wept,
 That these, who should have been in love adept,
 Against my font of beauty should blaspheme.
 And hearing a new music, miss the theme.
-- Max Plowman
One of the delightful things about love poetry is its endless series of
variations on even the most timeworn themes. Today's poem, for instance, has
been foreshadowed by a countless series of poems on love, beauty and aging,
but nonetheless manages to strike its own individual note.

Form: Iambic pentameter, rhyming abcabcddee. Does anyone know if this is a
'named' verse form?

Biographical Notes:

I couldn't find much on Plowman online - he seems to be best known for his
book 'An Introduction to the Study of Blake', and to have added his voice to
the canon of WW1 poets, but that's all I could dig up. If anyone knows
anything more (dates would be nice, for instance) do send it in.


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