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Cool reality

Below follow more lines from Roy Campbell's great poem about the Spannish Civil War, Flowering Rifle. These will be added to my 'thought piece' on this poem as soon I have added my analysis, which will follow later.

And now like filings to its powerful magnet
Like barbels gasping in its mighty drag-net,
Daring all likelihood of place and time
To prove my sure trajectory in rhyme,
Trampling geography, deriding space,
To fetch these grapenut-crunchers face to face,
I fish them out of their sub-human trance
Before a true reality to dance;
For the first time by a creative thought
Their Joadified existence has been caught,
Their miserable can-can they rehearse
As margin illustrations to my verse,
Protected by its force, gambol by gambol,
Through its side-splitting rigmarole to scramble,
And learn the difference if they didn’t know it
Between a left-wing Charlie and a poet!
Some fools may find Romantics in my Obra—
But where’s a realism that is soberer
When heroes Rooperted in Spauden’s line
As dying stoics, nonchalant and fine,
Like numbed, frostbitten bullfrogs to a Cobra
Galvanically volted through the spine,
Confront the cool reality of mine?
Poem posted by John Dunn.

From the archive: 'I will not be a doge'

Flowering Rifle Flowering Rifle
An on-going passsage-by-passage reading of Roy Campbell’s epic poem of the Spanish Civil War. He is an exultant nationalist and celebrates not only feats of arms but achievements of organisation, making live poetry out of the economics and agriculture of Franco's Spain.
John Dunn

Just a thought: A renewed political dichotomy would have the liberal economic motive on one side and the ethically-driven on the other, the latter founded on beliefs that have a transcendental origin, separate to man. Without a renewed political dichotomy, there will be no opposition to liberalism in the West. But how will one emerge? All contact with previous eras of faith have been lost; the distance between the traditional and today’s egoistic mind being vast. (Traditionalism: the only radicalism) John Dunn

The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 2 The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 2
Further additions to the project, starting with the Gosford Bridge to Buckingham leg of Ogilby's 1675 Oxford to Cambridge route.
John Dunn


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Gentle motorcycle touring on a Royal Enfield Classic 500.

The historical, quirky and unusual features of the English countryside seen from the saddle are captured on video.

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"...I love riding these quiet country lanes - the type of road on which this Royal Enfield excels, with its low revving, low compression, long stroke engine just chugging away, able to pull even the lowest speeds on this type of road in its highest gear. It all makes for a very satisfying way to travel around when seeking out the historic, the unusual and the quirky points of interest from the English landscape."

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