Where Now The Sword – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Priam Pleading with Achilles for the Body of Hector ?engraved 1775 Gavin Hamilton 1723-1798 http://www.tate.org.uk

“I’ve seen this moment in my dreams.” Hector (Iliad – by Homer)

Where Now The Sword

Galant Hector,
even under the mantle of Achilles,
you are ever the evening star,
beyond the dark sweetness of death,
where songs regale your courage
and the gods dare drink your health,
where now the arrow, where now the
sword that could spite your flesh,
no grey for your hallowed head,
ever the memory of your youth,
your integrity in death
untrammelled by Achilles.

Copyright 2021 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ

Note: Homer's (the accepted author) poetic epic the Iliad is an a mazing piece of literature. In my view Achilles cheats and acts out of rage (grief) killing Hector, then dishonours the body until begged by Priam for the return of his son Hector's body. Hector seeks honour, mercy and justice, Achilles seeks revenge.


Filed under Free Verse, life, Mythology, poem, quote, war

27 responses to “Where Now The Sword – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. t_r_a_v_e_l_l_e_r



  2. sanaarizvi

    This is incredibly powerful in its depiction of the legendary myth, Paul! I agree, Achilles acted out of pure rage.. the scene was mortifying to watch (my friends and I had to in university as it was part of the syllabus in those days) Hector on the other hand sought to make amends but unfortunately couldn’t. How could he? Achilles didn’t play fair. Especially moved by; “you are ever the evening star, beyond the dark sweetness of death, where songs regale your courage and the gods dare drink your health.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’


  3. Words well-played for a compelling scene.


  4. vividly executed Paul … and you expanded my vocabulary Paul, with a new word for me .. ‘untrammelled’ ..

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  5. Ka-BLAM! This is terrific.


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  6. I love reference to the classics. An wonderfully effusive take on Hector.

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  7. You journeyed a high road to create this Panegyric poem … well done.

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  10. Revenge is on the rise. Replacing justice. Is it not?

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