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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

V for Vox Populi

Vox Populi means 'voice of the people'

Another poem by one of my favourite writers H.W.Longfellow.

Vox Populi.

When Marzaran, the magician,

Journeyed Westward through  Cathay

Nothing heard he but the praises

Of Badoura on his way


But the lessening rumour ended

When he came to Khaledan;

There the folks were talking only

Of Prince  Camaralzaman.


So it happens with the poets,


Every province has it's own;

Camaralzaman is famous

Where Badoura is unknown.

 

 



 

Badoura eventually meets her Prince.

I'm not really familiar with this poem but feel it has some connection with The Tales from The Arabian Nights. I've searched Very hard to find out what was in Longfellow's mind when he wrote this? To no avail.
 Perhaps the message is in the final verse where he goes on to say.....

So it happens with the poets,

Every province has it's own;

Camaralzaman is famous

Where Badoura is unknown.

I can't believe I've  volunteered to host the letter Z, I'm still wracking my brain! 

My sincere thanks to the vivacious Denise for her vision in devising ABCW and also to the veritable Roger for his hard work as the administrator of ABCW.

 

 

 

 

20 comments:

  1. You have the zest, the zip, the zeal to think of SOMETHING...
    ROG, ABCW

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  2. very interesting V choices...

    Happy Thinking.

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  3. I need some ZING too Roger!

    Best wishes,

    Di xx

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  4. Hi Sheridan thanks for your kind comments,


    Di,abcw team,

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  5. vox populi - i like the sound of that phrase.

    FRANKLY MY DEAR

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  6. Hi Di! Your poems are a pleasure to read every week. Thank you so much.
    Wil, ABCW Team

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  7. Maybe poets are without honour in their own country? Anyway, lovely verses from Longfellow, - he has such rhyme and rhythm.

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  8. Longfellow has some lovely words and I particularly like the image with the bridge.

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  9. So glad to read this. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy ABCW!

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    Do you know, I too like the sound of Vox Populi.
    'Voice of the people'.

    Thank you for your comments.

    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  11. Hello Wil,
    Thank you for your kind words, it's good to share something that one enjoys with others.
    I didn't intentionally set out to write about poetry, it all goes back to writing about Charles Dickens and his strong connection with Liverpool.
    Incidentally Longfellow and Dickens were great friends, something I didn't know until recently...Never too old to learn !
    Hope all is good with you and the coming storms don't do too much damage to The Netherlands. Is brewing up here as I write!

    Love Di xx

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  12. Hi Hildred, good to hear from you.
    It is true that many poets and writers are not widely acclaimed in their lifetime.
    Although Longfellow was, he was an eminent University professor and highly published, he was a very wealthy man due to the proceeds of his writings.

    Best wishes,
    Di x
    ABCW team.

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  13. Hi Cherie Pie,
    The picture of the Chinese Princess looks like silk screen printing, don't you think.
    Glad you appreciate Longfellow, his writing is so lyrical.

    Thanks for your comments,
    Best wishes,
    Di x

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  14. Hi Indrani,
    thanks for dropping by and your kind comments.

    Happy ABCW to you too, have a good weekend,

    Best wishes,

    Di x

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  15. Very nice poem.You will surely find something equally interesting for z!

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  16. May Vox Populi win :)
    Interesting poem. Had never read it. Thanks :)
    Have a wonderful week!

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  17. Hello Lotus Leaf, good to hear from you again and thank you for you comments.
    Your words must have inspired me because, immediately after reading them, I thought of my theme for the letter Z, so thank you for that !

    best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  18. Hi Anita, good to hear from you again and thanks for your kind comments.
    Yes, the poem certainly leaves room for thought and I'm still pondering!
    As I mentioned that, I think there is some connection with one of the Tales from the Arabian Nights, when I have time I shall do some more research.

    Best wishes,
    Di.x

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  19. Love the x on Vox. I'll watch out for Z :)

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  20. Well that certainly was a great post for V!!

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I always try to reply to each comment on an individual basis so please pop back, when you have time, as there may be more to learn from either side, i.e. myself and commenter Thank you, Di x

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