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Pyrrhic Victory

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Pyrrhic Victory

As the cannon still blasted and screamed o're the field
in the din from the wood the Virginians would march,
to the drumbeat without and the heartbeat within
'twas no matter their courage, their fate now was sealed.

At the angle rode Hancock to rally his troops,
while the gray line moved closer and quickened their pace                                                and the bodies of brothers now covered the field,
the crescendo of battle would peak at the wall.

As the bodies of leaders lie cold with their men,
a torn country would struggle to mend its lost soul;
to the Hymn of the war they would carry the cross
and would pray for the thousands of Brothers they lost.


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  1. Date: 9/29/2013 11:24:00 AM
    The poem runs flawlessly, the epic element is noticeable, and the title portrays how a victory in an irresolute civil war, makes both parties suffer great losses, so that the victory of any party would (in reality) be a defeat. The title derives from an ancient Greek term ("Pyrrhic victory" or "Pyrrheios Nike"), and refers to the ancient King of the Greek Kingdom of Epirus, Pyrrhos, who defeated the Romans in most of the battles he gave,

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    Date: 9/29/2013 11:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Georgio--You are obviously a historian as well as a poet
  1. Date: 9/29/2013 10:26:00 AM
    but his losses were so grave that he had to withdraw to his own land and abandon the war. The moral of the poem is evident; a brother against brother bloodshed is always wrong. Very well written poem, with an ethical precept being overtop. Two thumbs up for the successful and handsome result. (My Anapestic effort was inspired by Reason A. Poteet ).

  1. Date: 9/29/2013 10:14:00 AM
    Wow. A visually stunning and magnificent poetic vision of war (my best guess would be the Civil War) Your work gave me goosebumps. Well done