Rachel’s Thoughts: Old English Poem

For my Brit Lit class. Old English poetry has a split in the middle of each line, with two accented syllables on either side of it. The first of the second pair of syllables has to start with the same sound as one of the ones on the first half of the line…it doesn’t have to rhyme, but I liked it better when it did.


When darkness reigned                    and dimmed the sky,

The stars knew not                           their seats on high.

The Sun had yet                               to spill her grace

On Earth’s broad span,                    the shadowed-place.

Then one light flashed                     and filled the gap,

And Darkness fled                           to dens unmap’d.

The Fauns and Satyrs                       found their way

From holes deep hid’,                      and hailed the day.

The winged-ones came                    from winds-retreat,

They sang delight                             at Dark’s defeat.

The gods ascended                           to great Mount Ida;

And sphinxes dwelt                          in south Al Minya.

The Kings arose                         and reigned with might;

The people passed                            the period of Night.

Mankind grew strong,                      and cared for life;

When Time decreed,                        they captured Strife

And did not let                                 him loose again,

Till man-kind lost                            what might have been.


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