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Sylvia Plath - A Lesson In Vengeance

In the dour ages
Of drafty cells and draftier castles,
Of dragons breathing without the frame of fables,
Saint and king unfisted obstruction's knuckles
By no miracle or majestic means,

But by such abuses
As smack of spite and the overscrupulous
Twisting of thumbscrews: one soul tied in sinews,
One white horse drowned, and all the unconquered pinnacles
Of God's city and Babylon's

Must wait, while here Suso's
Hand hones his tack and needles,
Scouraging to sores his own red sluices
For the relish of heaven, relentless, dousing with prickles
Of horsehair and lice his horny loins;
While there irate Cyrus
Squanders a summer and the brawn of his heroes
To rebuke the horse-swallowing River Gyndes:
He split it into three hundred and sixty trickles
A girl could wade without wetting her shins.

Still, latter-day sages,
Smiling at this behavior, subjugating their enemies
Neatly, nicely, by disbelief or bridges,
Never grip, as the grandsires did, that devil who chuckles
From grain of the marrow and the river-bed grains.

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: A Lesson In Vengeance

Comment 3 of 3, added on July 18th, 2014 at 9:38 PM.
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C0LPeG Looking forward to reading more. Great article.Really thank you! Great.

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Comment 2 of 3, added on February 1st, 2011 at 2:54 PM.
"They need to put up some pictures."

The point of poetry is to create pictures with words. Use your imagination.

Colleen from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on April 28th, 2006 at 6:41 AM.

this is an amazing poem i really like it but i think they really need to put up some pictures so u dont just have to look at the words.

stephen from Canada

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