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Author Topic: "My Engine now is cold and still..."  (Read 1574 times)
SteamBlast Mary
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« on: November 05, 2008, 07:04:05 pm »

Apologies if thishas already been posted here. Apparently, in my county of residence, there are two graves for the engineers killed when the proto-steam locomotive "The Surprise" exploded. The Epitaph is worth giving an airing to here.


"My engine now is cold and still,
No water does my boiler fill;
No coke affords its flame no more
My days of usefulness are o'er.
My wheels deny their noted speed,
No more my guiding hand they heed.
My whistle, too, has lost its tone.
Its shrill and thrilling sounds are gone.
My valves are now thrown open wide
My flanges all refuse to guide.
My clacks, also, though once so strong
Refuse to aid the busy throng.
No more I feel each urging breathe,
My steam is now condensed in death.
Life's railway's o'er each station past
In death I'm stopp'd, at rest at last.
Farewell, dear friends and cease to weep,
In Christ I'm safe, in Him I sleep."

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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2008, 11:54:35 pm »

'Tis a lovely poem. The poem's structure reminds me of "Eloisa to Abelard" by Alexander Pope.
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008, 05:33:36 am »

Poetry isn't usually my thing, but this I like.
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008, 05:37:31 am »

Imagery of Steam, Iron and Engines makes anything seem so much mroe powerful to me...
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2008, 09:57:39 pm »

I must admit that I love the effect of simple rhyme schemes, despite everything every creative writing teacher I have ever had has told me to the contrary, and this is a golden example of why.
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2008, 01:38:09 am »

I must admit that I love the effect of simple rhyme schemes, despite everything every creative writing teacher I have ever had has told me to the contrary, and this is a golden example of why.

I agree, poetry ought to rhyme at least a little. otherwise, it's much too easy for it to become a strangely formatted paragraph.
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2008, 01:50:12 am »

Ever hear of the Dadaist way of writing poetry? Take a paragraph from a newspaper, of the length you want the poem to be. Cut out each word, put them in a bag, then take each word out at random and put them together.

Ta-daa! Poem!

This is probably a good time to mention that Dadaist poetry is daft.
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2008, 03:20:21 am »

Anything Dada is daft as a brush.
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2008, 03:25:50 am »

I must admit that I love the effect of simple rhyme schemes, despite everything every creative writing teacher I have ever had has told me to the contrary, and this is a golden example of why.

I agree, poetry ought to rhyme at least a little. otherwise, it's much too easy for it to become a strangely formatted paragraph.
It shouldn't always rhyme. In fact, most of what I write doesn't, and some of my favorite works don't. That said, nobody is ever going to take what I write, and remember it 100 years from now.
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