Poet Lauerate-New Anti War Poem

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/2641477.stm#quote


The UK's Poet Laureate has written an anti-war poem in which he casts doubts over the motives behind a possible war with Iraq.
Motion, who was appointed Poet Laureate in 1999, has written a 30-word poem questioning US President George Bush's basis for war, suggesting money, greed, oil and his father have influenced him.





Causa Belli by Andrew Motion

They read good books, and quote, but never learn
a language other than the scream of rocket-burn
Our straighter talk is drowned but ironclad;
elections, money, empire, oil and Dad.



F*ck me, how much do they pay him for that? I could do better.....We all could
 
#3
Bad poet and uneducated prick. Casus belli, perhaps. Causa Belli seems to be a computer game. Even if I'm wrong it doesn't scan, utter crap, must try harder. Better still give up, osculate my anterior orifice and die from the various nasties lurking there.
 
#6
Boom boom boom boom

Poetry has just gone downhill since then.
 
#7
Bring back Spike Milligan!

[h=2]Soldier Freddy[/h] Soldier Freddy
was never ready,
But! Soldier Neddy,
unlike Freddy
Was always ready
and steady,

That's why,
When Soldier Neddy
Is-outside-Buckingham-Palace-on-guard-in -the-pouring-wind-and-rain-being-steady-and-ready ,
Freddy
is home in beddy.



Spike Milligan

[h=2]The Soldiers at Lauro[/h] Young are our dead
Like babies they lie
The wombs they blest once
Not healed dry
And yet - too soon
Into each space
A cold earth falls
On colder face.
Quite still they lie
These fresh-cut reeds
Clutched in earth
Like winter seeds
But they will not bloom
When called by spring
To burst with leaf
And blossoming
They sleep on
In silent dust
As crosses rot
And helmets rust.



Spike Milligan

Eat your heart out Andrew Motion....your poem was sh*te by the way...

Rodney2q
 
#10
To be fair to Motion, that piece was written in Jan 03, before the invasion of Iraq and when he was indeed Poet Laureate. (I don't know why the OP didn't point this out, though it was in his link.) The 'Causa' would appear to be pukka Latin for 'causes' or 'reasons'; I'd have thought 'Casi' myself, but I'm rusty as hell. And the poem was aimed at Bush (and presumably Blair) rather than servicemen.

All that said, Motion's still a Guardian type. So, encouraged by the modest approval accorded my effort above, I respectfully submit the following stab at parody, aimed not so much at him as at his bien pensant lofty-browed fellow-travellers, who hold the common soldiery in the deepest contempt:

Cognitio Belli

They write fine words, and preach, but never hear
The crack of rounds, nor feel the twitch of fear
Our talk is straighter still, and low-falutin:
Deployments, women, sport and lots o' shootin'!
 

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LE
Book Reviewer
#11
To be fair to Motion, that piece was written in Jan 03, before the invasion of Iraq and when he was indeed Poet Laureate. (I don't know why the OP didn't point this out, though it was in his link.) The 'Causa' would appear to be pukka Latin for 'causes' or 'reasons'; I'd have thought 'Casi' myself, but I'm rusty as hell. And the poem was aimed at Bush (and presumably Blair) rather than servicemen.

All that said, Motion's still a Guardian type. So, encouraged by the modest approval accorded my effort above, I respectfully submit the following stab at parody, aimed not so much at him as at his bien pensant lofty-browed fellow-travellers, who hold the common soldiery in the deepest contempt:

Cognitio Belli

They write fine words, and preach, but never hear
The crack of rounds, nor feel the twitch of fear
Our talk is straighter still, and low-falutin:
Deployments, women, sport and lots o' shootin'!
To be fair, the OP did post it in 2003 when the poem was written. Some halfwit decided to resurrect a 10 year old thread.

Good poem, though
 
#13
I would have thought doubts cast upon the motives behind the invasion of Iraq were highly desirable at the time, seeing as how the war was based on a tissue of falsehoods.
 

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