Richard II: A Pantoum

By Anonymous - http://www.archist.com.au/assets/images/Richard_II.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5979094

Oh Richard did you get stabbed or left to rot in a Castle?
You did last 22 years as King:
From 1377-1399
Until someone plotted your undoing.

You did last 22 years as a King
But heavy lay the crown upon your head
From 1377-1399
Then later you were stabbed, or left for dead.

Heavy lay the crown upon your head
Your kinsmen made a plot to end your life
In 1400 you were stabbed, or left for dead
And later buried beside Anne, your wife.

Your kinsmen made a plot to end your life
though you did last 22 years as King
you were buried beside Anne, your wife
After someone plotted your undoing.

I am reading ‘Richard II’ by William Shakespeare in my English lessons. I like the story it is very exciting. But I haven’t finished reading yet so I don’t know all the details.

I am entering this poem in the EIF Poetry Challenge.

21 thoughts on “Richard II: A Pantoum

  1. well done Benji ! A thoughtful perceptive poem. You have used this medium to capture the pain of history. Good luck in the competition !

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      1. ๐Ÿฅ‰ Third place means you won over those who didnโ€™t place at all, right? And youโ€™re competing against folks many times your age! Wonderful.

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