Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Paul Marsden's poetry
Marsden, of course, is best known for his poetry. Sadly, his early work has disappeared from his website, but my old friend Lord Bonkers has been keeping an eye on the recent development of his oeuvre.
At the time he joined the Lib Dems, Marsden penned such gems as this (addressed to Hilary Armstrong):
Because you kicked me in the slats,and this (addressed to anyone who would listen):
I've joined the Liberal Democrats.
I am a fierce and ardent suitor,His later, Housman-influenced verse, written when he surprised the Lib Dems by announcing that he would not stand again in Shrewsbury, has a new resonance today. One thinks of such lines as:
Please someone pay for my computer
To be frank, I see nothing here to wean me from my early enthusiasm for Marvell.
High the vanes of Shrewsbury gleam,
I’m not as fickle as I seem
On Wenlock Edge the wood’s in trouble,
And I am leaving at the double.
I am leaving at a gallop,
It’s farewell Shrewsbury, goodbye Salop.
The Lib Dems are a fine, broad church
And I have left them in the lurch.