For England. For a Son.


Bodhirose has set the challege of a Rondel for d’Verse Poet’s Pub



for England. for a son
manipulation reigned

an English maiden tamed
this history begun
sacred laws undone
a regal country stained

for England. for a son
manipulation reigned
rejoice ye, everyone
for Anne, a queen ordained

no sons! a queen detained
an execution won
for England. for a son

About ShirleyB

I was born with the muse in me. Sometimes I wish it would go away but it won't, so, good, bad or ugly it will escape intermittently.
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22 Responses to For England. For a Son.

  1. A little historical twist here. But how sad. The repetition of the form worked well.


  2. Mary says:

    Enjoyed this! Well executed rondel. But wondered why the execution. Not sure of the history involved.

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  3. ShirleyB says:

    Hi Mary, it was Henry 111V and Anne Boleyn. He had her falsely accused of adultery and beheaded because she could not give him the son he craved. He had 6 wives in all! His life is fascinating yet barbaric story.


  4. Kathy Reed says:

    Well done, even though a horrid reign he ran; was it the Vth or VIII?

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  5. Bodhirose says:

    Interesting how you broke up the lines from a traditional rondel, Shirley, but it works well. Henry the VIII seemed a very insecure king who suffered from low self-worth!

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  6. ShirleyB says:

    He got a lot worse after a jousting accident in 1536 when he was 44. They suspect a personality changing brain damage.


  7. Truedessa says:

    I couldn’t remember the whole story but, was thinking she was beheaded. Thanks for a bit of history in this one.

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  8. whimsygizmo says:

    I like your choice of short lines here, Shirley, and love the historical twist.

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  9. I like how you changed the stanzas around.. for me it accentuated the sad rise and fall of Anne Boleyn… (which is the story behind your poem I read)… Like summarizing Wolf Hall.

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  10. rythaephua says:

    This is well packed. Nice one.


  11. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    I recognised the history, as I love to read about the Tudors. I agree that your variation to the standard versification works beautifully.


  12. Historically based poetry is such a nice way to learn. Very well done!


  13. Sumana Roy says:

    history in such a well weaved Rondel…a fantastic read…


  14. Bryan Ens says:

    Well told bit of history, and the rondel form worked perfectly


  15. lillian says:

    A bit of history this morning, with my morning cup of coffee sitting here, in Bermuda, this British territory. Perfect! 🙂


  16. Golden child born
    at the end of
    July 2013..
    new reins
    iN NeW


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