Category Archive: Poems

Oct 09

A Battle Poem for Boys: Lepanto


Dim drums throbbing, in the hills half heard,
Where only on a nameless throne a crownless prince has stirred,
Where, risen from a doubtful seat and half attainted stall,
The last knight of Europe takes weapons from the wall,
The last and lingering troubadour to whom the bird has sung,
That once went singing southward when all the world was young.
In that enormous silence, tiny and unafraid,
Comes up along a winding road the noise of the Crusade.
Strong gongs groaning as the guns boom far,
Don John of Austria is going to the war,

Sep 24

Poem: Danegeld by Rudyard Kipling


It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation,
To call upon a neighbour and to say:
“We invaded you last night—we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

   And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
   And the people who ask it explain
   That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
   And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

Sep 02

Poem: Old Ironsides

Decatur on Old Ironsides

The USS Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides” was one of the first frigates commissioned by the United States Navy. It was launched in 1797 and five years later was the flagship of the United States campaign against the Barbary Pirates in Tripoli. It was commanded by such great naval heroes as Edward Preble, Stephen Decatur, and Isaac Hull, and saw great service in the War of 1812. By 1830 she was considered unfit for service, but due to great public indignation, best expressed by this poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., was reconstructed and returned to commission.

Aug 14

Poem : The Pines


There are not many things that we enjoy as much as reading history, but hiking in the Rocky mountains is one of them. We love the lakes, rivers, and endless forests, and even the five months of winter. This weekend we took the boys up to Steven’s lake, just east of Wallace, near the Idaho/Montana border.

Jul 19

Poem: Abdul Abulbul Amir. . . .

Ivan Skavinsky Skavar

Russo-Turkish Wars For much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Russian Empire was in conflict with the Ottoman Empire, the two most famous outbreaks being the Crimean War and the Russo Turkish Wars of 1877. The areas of dispute were generally the regions surrounding the Black Sea and the Balkan Peninsula. These regions were …

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Dec 20

New Book! Stories from the Faerie Queen

The Faerie Queen is one of the best known epic poems in the English language. Written during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, it is allegorical in nature, but from a child’s point of view is merely an exceptionally romantic collection of fairy stories and a very appropriate choice for a simplified adaptation. Queen Elizabeth is …

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