Writings and Witterings



Good to see one of my poems featured on the VerseWrights website and Facebook page

‘Volunteers’ was inspired by Rodin’s fabulous sculpture in Calais from 1889 – according to Linduff et al[1] it serves as a monument to an occurrence in 1347 during the Hundred Years’ War, when Calais, an important French port on the English Channel, was under siege by the English for over a year. Calais commissioned Rodin to create the sculpture in 1884.

The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin

The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin

[1] Linduff, David G. Wilkins, Bernard Schultz, Katheryn M. (1994). Art past, art present (2nd ed. ed.). Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall. p. 454. ISBN 0-13-062084-X.


14 thoughts on “VerseWrights

  1. Polly, this gave me chills. You describe it so eloquently as if you were an actual witness. Amazing my friend! xxx


  2. The details give this power, Polly.


  3. Powerful poem, Polly. Loved this use of alliteration: “starved slump of shoulders”


  4. Wow! Beautifully written. Many congratulations.


    Miss Louise Jones

    Full time Teacher Freelance author, poet and artist


  5. This is so powerful, made me quite shivery. You are such a talented poet Polly; I feel quite the beginner😊


  6. Dear Polly, you don’t know me — David Warren, Ph.D. in Humanities and Arts — close friend of Lea Levine. She sent me your poem. The Burgers of Calais is one of my favorite pieces of Art and I talk about in both Art and Humanities classes and I take students to the museum in San Francisco — the Palace of the Legion of Honor where a copy exists. You have expressed the feeling so very well. I hope that you will not mind my reading it to some of my students in the future when we are discussing that story. Your poetry is dynamic. Your new friend, David


    • My thanks must go to Léa as well as to you for commenting and making yourself known, David.
      I shall be pleased to think you’re using ‘Volunteers’ to illustrate your talks on The Burgers of Calais 🙂
      Best wishes – Polly


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