A Response to Mr Hull on the Merits of Metre

Following Mr Hull valiantly hoping to extort a change in his poetic style, Mr Turnbull (Poetry Editor) formally makes his response:

The Poetry Editor’s Response

To those who, with the lance of liberty
And shield of confidence, are hoping I
May overcome ‘Rhyme’s ancient tyranny,’
I must make my response and ask them, why?
Why I must be denuded of the Law,
And not from uneven meters abstain?
And darkly dwell in Chaos evermore
Once this Leviathan is rashly slain?
Excuse me! Lacking courage, lacking skill
To live with anarchy and such a world,
I ask, my friends, let me continue still.
Let Order, that great comforter, be furled
Around my loins, and Rhyme remain my light.
For then, I’ll try to walk within the night.

The Poor Print

The Poor Print is the student-run newspaper of Oriel College, Oxford, with contributions from members of the JCR, MCR, SCR and staff. New issues are published fortnightly during term. Our current Executive Editors are Siddiq Islam and Jerric Chong.

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