Saturday, 21 December 2013

Hohenlinden

These verses of mine were inspired by the poem, Hohenlinden, by the Scottish poet, Thomas Campbell. His poem commemorates the Battle of Hohenlinden, which was fought near Munich, on the 3rd of December, 1800, between the French and the Austrian/Bavarian allies, during the War of the Second Coalition. Campbell's poem has eight stanzas and is primarily in iambic tetrameter, with a rhyme scheme of aaab. It also has a studied peculiarity in that the last line of each stanza, bar the final one, ends in a multi-syllable b-rhyme.

Here is the first stanza of Hohenlinden: