The Battle Of Maldon
is an Old English poem (here in the original Old English
, here in a modern translation
) retelling the events of a battle that took place in England in 991, in which a small army of Saxons attempted to halt an invading Viking force only to suffer a crushing defeat.
This battle, and the disastrous rout suffered by the Saxons, led to the introduction of the Danegeld
, the payment of silver in tribute to the Vikings to buy off their invading forces. [more inside]
The Solitary Walker
- a blog (mostly) about walking.
British Women Romantic Poets Project
is a collection of poetry written by women from the British Isles between 1789 and 1832. Over a hundred female poets
are represented. Women rarely feature in literary histories of the Romantic period but there is treasure if you search (some poems are, frankly, terrible). A few places to start are Charlotte Turner Smith's Elegiac Sonnets, and Other Poems
, Christian Ross Milne's Simple Poems on Simple Subjects
and Mary Robinson's sonnet cycle Sappho and Phaon
. The oddest works to modern readers may be Elizabeth Hitchener's Enigmas, Historical and Geographical
and Marianne Curties' Classical Pastime
, which are collections of verse riddles (the answers are at the end of the text).
Oh! that I were a T---d, a T---d,
Hid in this secret Place,
That I might see my Betsy's A----,
Though she sh--t me in my Face.
(Written under this in a Woman's Hand)
'Tis Pity but you had your Wish, E. W.
Boghouse (public toilet) poetry from 18th century london.