The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0865 Tuesday, 13 April 2004
From: Marcia Eppich-Harris <
Date: Tuesday, 13 Apr 2004 00:09:21 -0500
Subject: 15.0856 New Henry V Film Coming Out Soon
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0856 New Henry V Film Coming Out Soon
I have resisted entering into this discussion about politics and whether
or not it belongs in this forum, but while we're making comparisons
between Henry V and George W. Bush... I wrote some poems a little while
ago under pressure from a Creative Writing group at my university that
was doing a reading and needed people to contribute. Since I don't
usually write poetry, I didn't know what to write about and thought that
the one thing I felt comfortable being passionate about (thus reading
poetry about) in front of a group of strangers would be Shakespeare's
works. So I wrote two poems for the reading, one of which I will paste
below. If anyone would like to give me feedback, I would most appreciate
it as I feel that this poem (and other writing that I do) is a work in
When asked what she thought about the poem below, my friend who is a
E.A. Poe scholar said that it was esoteric. Maybe you'll think so too,
but at least I can count on you to "get it."
"Uncanny Relevance" by Marcia Eppich-Harris
History cannot explain you away.
We're beyond that kind of politic.
But an invasion for weapons?
No, land, or a throne?
That resonates differently
Six hundred years removed from
The hundred years war.
Henry, dear Prince Hal,
Your arrows and bows killed eleven thousand French
In the shadow of castle Agincourt,
Harfleur surrendered, no contest, to protect
Their women and children who were
Threatened with rape, worse, death,
Impaled for a show of British might,
Fairly well done for a thief in the night,
For a prince who was wild,
A young drinker, a C-student,
If there were such a thing in 1413.
In the shadow of your father,
Overcoming his sickly image,
Dealing with and dealing out disaster.
A killer of killers,
A foe to the French,
A leader whose merits made for misadventure, mischief, mistake.
No wonder the French,
The conquered many times French,
Resist a man with better weapons,
A ruthless pragmatic,
When they've resisted for six hundred years,
We claim not to forget our own
Who have died,
The eleven thousand French dead of Agincourt
Are remembered too,
With a refusal to engage in troubles imagined,
When they've faced evil in person
And managed to survive.
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