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Three em-bloodied gold-gilt lions descend
On the silver lilies of far fair France—
Grim and red-stained kings—while her sons defend
The broken land with shriven spear and lance.
The smoking reek of famine, war, and death,
Plague, and wailing cries, and desolation:
Sick land—poor and weary France!—gasps for breath
With the diseased and choking nation's desperation.
Drenched afresh in humiliations new:
Of Agincourt, and bloody Henry's fame
Where the proud many fell to England's few
And knighthood's flow'r perish in bitter shame.
The peasant maid sits in a sainted trance;
Arise O Joan! And save belovéd France!
The Vision of La Pucelle

"Joan of Arc and the Archangel Michael" by Eugene Thirion

So, for my Shakespeare class, I had to do a final project about one of the plays we read in class, and one of the choices was to write a Shakespearean sonnet (Hey! Beats writing a five page paper!). So you know, 14 lines, abab, 10 syllables each line with the rhyming couplet at the end and all that.

Anyway, the play I picked was the most awesome and epic Henry V, which I (obviously) loved. :D But for my sonnet I added a little twist: it's the Hundred Years war and Agincourt from the French perspective. I actually wrote the rhyming couplet at the end first, and I imagined the above image by Eugene Thirion of Joan of Arc with that trance-like expression. :) So I imagine her either recalling these events in her mind, or being reminded of them by the Archangel Michael and being told: Go and save France!

So Happy Birthday Shakespeare! (Even though he probably would not have a approved, hahah, thinking dear Jeanne la Pucelle to be a witch and all that. Well, we'll forgive him. He was slightly biased after all. ;-))
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haius Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist
So you're talented at poetry too! *shakes fist* I like that alliterative bit in the beginning, that has a nice medieval ring to it. I am impressed and really appreciate the symbolism, and that if you read it again you notice more stuff, just like poetry should be. :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwww, thanks Haius! :aww: Now I'm blushing. :blushes: I'm glad you like it. :D
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sdowning Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
I like Joan of Arc, but I hate Shakespeare. I was very shocked when read [Henry 6 part 1]. She wasn't a witch, a whore, an immoral girl, and a femme fatale! T.T How could the hack insulted her? stupid! :(
I think He must apologize sincerely to her now. of course, although they can't meet. but Joan will forgive him.

If you love Shakespeare than Joan, pardon me. but like Joan is being criticized by the so-called intellectuals -even some french dislike her! for example, Voltaire , Luc Besson- since for hundreds of years, we must criticize objectively him, too. do not just praise by the herd mentality any more!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, well I love both Shakespeare and Joan. :) I haven't read his Henry VI, but I think you must pardon him, because of course he was English, and he lived 150 years or so after the fact, and I'm sure the opinions of most Englishmen at large had not changed their opinion on Joan. Because France was the traditional enemy of England, and anything associated with France is obviously bad. ;-) So at least for political reason, I think you can excuse him and his obvious bias.

Ah! Who knows? Perhaps they could meet one day. One never knows about these things. :)

Hahah, good point you brought up though...I can't say I'm much of a fan of the so called "Enlightenment". ;-)
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bishop-myriel43 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Boy, do I love a good sonnet :D You do a very good job of telling the story, and telling it well, in a limited space. So epic!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D Yay for rigid poetic structural conventions I guess? :XD: I tedn to be wordy, so this forced me to be a little bit more...ah...efficient with my words. :D
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nKhyi-naonZgo Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have not read the play. Does Shakespeare mention Henry's famous line, "War without burning is like beef without mustard"? Because I think that casts his character into sharp relief.

Then again, one might view England having a psychopath for a king as nemesis for what Philip the Fair had done to France and its laws...and its Templars (I trust I do not need to remind you about him).
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ummm....who eats beef with mustard?! O.o I mean, aside from apparently Henry V. :XD: I can totally see eating beef with cheese though. YUM. :D

He does say: “Give them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they will eat like wolves and fight like devils.”

Oh, Shakespeare absolutely adores Henry V. He presents him as the perfect Christian king. ;-) And the French are all, of course, a bunch of arrogant snobs. I don't know if I would call Henry V a psychopath though. I've never met the guy, so I couldn't be sure of course, but he doesn't strike me particularly as one.

Hah. No, you do not. I agree with DarkMatter's portrayal of Phillip the Fair: [link] :giggle:
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nKhyi-naonZgo Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not a psychopath by the strict clinical definition, perhaps—his odd but apparently sincere relation with the Church suggests he was capable of remorse—but certainly in the conversational one. To wit, bloodthirsty and self-serving.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahah, don't tell that to Shakespeare. ;-) Henry V bloodthirsty and self-serving? BLASPHEMY! :giggle:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay-men to that! I love the last two lines especially. :nod: Funny how the first thing you think of is often what drives an entire poem or story. :XD:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :aww:

Yeah, it's funny how those two lines came to me first. :XD:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Crowpro Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I love joan of arc. a warrior of god.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So do I! :D :aww: She's a beautiful example of the power of God. :w00t!: Vive la Pucelle!
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Mandinga91 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i absolutely love this one...the expresion and the details are awesome!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww! Thank you so much! :hug:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Very well done, very evocative.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
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bytheLionsmane Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Ugh. This is freaking wonderful.
:D
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heehee... :giggle: Thanks! ^^
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bytheLionsmane Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Thank G-d. :) Your devotion is beautiful and inspiring.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:meow:
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Asterisks Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning! Great work :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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scarlethorn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Wonderful sonnet, and a great added picture of Joan. Sonnets are very difficult to write, but you did a very good job with.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

The picture was just what I was thinking of when I wrote it! :aww:
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LupusAcerbus Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Very nice. The poem even has a traditional, historical feel to it. It is quite evocative and I really like how it ends in the imperative - it's a very powerful and climactic way to end the poem.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thanksies! :aww:
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Aodhagain Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! :D :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Aodhagain Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow:
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CrispinVCampion Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Beautiful.

You are amazing.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww! Thank you! :meow:
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CrispinVCampion Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Your welcome.

How are you doing?
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm doing alright; I'm just getting over a nasty cold, but otherwise doing well. :)
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CrispinVCampion Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
My family will pray you get better soon.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^ How are you doing?
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CrispinVCampion Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I'm okay thank.
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! Your alliterative adjectives at the beginning make me think of Lepanto.
Well presumably Shakespeare and Joan are together in Heaven now, so he knows better. :aww:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D Hahaha, we all know how dear ol' Chesterton loves his alliteration. :D

Hahhaha, true. ;-)
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Aranov Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That was epic. :heart: Wow. A-mazing. I... I can't word. It's not working right now.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :dance: :iconimhappyplz:
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Aranov Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:glomp:
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SaxonwithAxe Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That first line just gave me shivers. I want to keep it forever.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahah, thank you! :D
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