Traitor's Fate

Traitor's Fate

A Poem by Chris Shaw
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After reading his elegy ( Chideock Tichbourne 1563 - 1586)

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i chanced upon a sombre elegy
for Babington a heavy price you paid
with eloquence your written words excel
though Elizabeth our Queen you did betray

at three and twenty birthdates you are done
your sun has set too early for your years
yet in your blood a wordsmith recognised
it was your poet soul that ushered tears

last thoughts conveyed with wisdom's tender touch
five centuries have fled your verse lives on
i do not know you for conspiracy
but love you for your dying sunset song

© 2021 Chris Shaw


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To be remembered for his words after five centuries...that sounds so great in itself. I loved the second verse, especially! I'm very interested in Tudor history and do read up and watch YouTube pieces on it. Thanks for this beautifully rendered and informative poem, dear Chris 💜

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Chris Shaw

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Thank you dear DIVYA. The Tudor period was fascinating, but so divisive and bloody. Religion does do.. read more
DIVYA

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Indeed, what he did to most of his queens was terrible but your history and culture is so truly beau.. read more



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nice write i liked it very much keep up the good work keep writing

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Chris Shaw

4 Days Ago

Thank you Jennifer for the read and positive review. I appreciate your time.

Chris
jennifer little

4 Days Ago

your welcome no problem any time
Such a wonderful write here, Tudor history is quite unique and interesting
wonderful write Chris

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Chris Shaw

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For sure it was a bloody time in our history, albeit interesting. Thank you Beckies. Pleased you en.. read more
To be remembered for his words after five centuries...that sounds so great in itself. I loved the second verse, especially! I'm very interested in Tudor history and do read up and watch YouTube pieces on it. Thanks for this beautifully rendered and informative poem, dear Chris 💜

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Chris Shaw

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Thank you dear DIVYA. The Tudor period was fascinating, but so divisive and bloody. Religion does do.. read more
DIVYA

1 Day Ago

Indeed, what he did to most of his queens was terrible but your history and culture is so truly beau.. read more
I had to google the inspiration behind this poem, Chris. A poet and a conspirator who plotted regicide? Sounds like a complicated man and one born to be a poet. Perhaps his standing as a traitor has reduced his presence in the modern poetic psyche, but from taking a brief glance at his poems he did have natural affinity with the quill. I enjoyed the poem and I appreciate the illumination you have supplied on a man otherwise many would know little about. ⚘

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Chris Shaw

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Dear Jamila, so pleased you googled. I also spent sometime reading about him and understanding the h.. read more
This was a wonderful tribute piece. I'm a great fan of John Donne. He was just so brilliant and his double entendre and sly wit bely the fact that he was once the Dean of St. Paul's. There was certainly a bawdy side to his nature. At first I thought this piece was in reference to Thomas Babington Macaulay but I now note it goes back to the time of Donne. I'm not familiar with the writing of Tichbourne, however.

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Chris Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Fabian for this wonderful review. I stumbled on Tichborne, found his elegy in a book of po.. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

2 Weeks Ago

The only piece of writing I've ever read that brought me to tears was A Child's Dream of A Star by C.. read more
Chris Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

I will have to research that one. I don't know of it. Thank you.
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Ada
Historical references are always so regal; although I didn't come to the table with a lot of background information on this piece.

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Chris Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Ada. I wrote this piece after reading one of the poems in a book featuring poems that make.. read more
Such a moving poem for a brother poet, and such a kind thing to do. Thanks for a read worth reading, Chris.

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Chris Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Many thank yous Falcon. I appreciate the review and you stopping by. All the best.

C.. read more
This is really kind of touching really, enjoyed this write a lot

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Chris Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you. I appreciate your visit and thoughts. All good wishes.

Chris
writergurl

3 Weeks Ago

you too.
hope your holidays are wonderful for you : )
This is emotional as well as captivating, so well expressed....

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Unspoken poet. I appreciate you stopping by. All good wishes.

Chris
We all owe our society to your tiny Isle. From your country came everything good in us. Culture, Music, Education. We are where we come from in the end.

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

What fine thoughts you share here Tate. Many thank yous for stopping by. Hope you and your loved one.. read more

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Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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