Poet Lauerate-New Anti War Poem

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  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
  2. sounds like a Primal Scream lyric..... ;D
  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.
  4. Bring back Edward Lear!
  5. Holy thread resurrection Batman. We even have a different Poet Laureate now.

    Sent from my GT-I9195 using ARRSE mobile app
  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 ,
    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...

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  8. I know. My life has changed irrevocably.
  9. A Left-leaning tosser called Motion
    Did his best to stir up a commotion
    With naive lamentations
    'Bout field operations
    Of which he has no f*****g notion.
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  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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  11. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    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
  12. Take a 'like', although I did have a bet with myself about when the first limerick would appear.
  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.