Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Shake your chains

Maxine Peake, actor, has inspired a clerihew, a form suggested, for Day 4 of NaPoWriMo, by the Poetry School:

I listen to her, Maxine Peake,
What ideological physique!
Shakes her chains to earth like dew,
Lippy Lancashire words so true.

Shake your chains to earth like dew are words taken from The Masque of Anarchy by Percy Bysshe Shelley, written to commemorate the people slaughtered at the Peterloo Massacre, Manchester in August 1819, when cavalrymen charged into peaceful protesters killing at least 15, injuring 600-800 others - the first being a 2-year old.  In July 2013 Maxine recited the whole poem at a gathering close to the site, in remembrance.  Details here.  And poet Adam Riordan had something to say about the resonance for today’s governments.

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