‘The Trojan War’ by Evan Mantyk The Society July 9, 2013 Poetry 2 Comments The Trojan War has finished its long course, Achaeans won, sneaking past Troy’s tall walls Disguised as a gift: a big wooden horse After a decade, Troy at last does fall! Yet the riches of Troy are not it all, Along with war, comes a finer resource Achilles and Agamemnon, egos tall Also hit the ground with earthshaking force. The greatest hero and Achaean king Saw their limits and their own error; Their compromise, an intangible thing, In fact, was the long war’s greatest treasure. Amidst life’s war, when competing wills meet, Let go, do your job; bitter becomes sweet. Featured Image: “Triumphant Achilles” by Franz Matsch. (Wikimedia Commons) Related Post ‘To a Red-Winged Black Bird on the Advent of Spring... To a Red-Winged Black Bird on the Advent of Spring For some a robin heralds in the Spring. Others: a crocus or a daffodil. My old man claims it’s... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 2 Responses Bruce Dale Wise July 10, 2013 The octave in your The Trojan War uses a rhyme scheme, ababbaba, which has interesting possibilities, because it goes back upon itself. I also like your rhyme of error and treasure. The painter and the painting you have coupled with your poem I am unfamiliar with. I’ll have to do some Internet research. Reply Bruce Dale Wise July 18, 2013 The Triumph of Achilles by Franz Matsch, 1892 The Triumph of Achilles by Franz Matsch is found upon the upper hall of the Achilleon, a palace in Corfu. Dead Hector’s dragged around Troy in the panoramic fresco. Achilles, on his chariot, holds Hector’s helmet in his hand high up and out. This is the end of Ilion. In Matsch’s action shot, black horses lead the band of Greeks that follow, mostly on foot, though there are some charioteers. Bright Achilles, tall and grand, is the commanding figure; Hector, lean and bare, is, as the dirty mud Matsch draws him into, browned, at a right angle to Achilles, strong and fair. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.