Poetry Reveals All Kinds of Things–Marital Strife is Nothing New

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I like to read poetry now and then. It brings some peace and satisfaction to my mind.  But I am reluctant to act like a true poetry enthusiast.  I am not good at reading or finishing longer, epic poems. Maybe some day I will grow up. But for now, with my short attention span, I enjoy bite size verse. So I found this cheap kindle book of short poems. The poem below is a good example of how to write a beautiful poem about a dark subject.  It reminded me that strife in marriage is an old game.

A Reasonable Affliction

Matthew Prior (1664—1721)
On his death-bed poor Lubin lies:

His spouse is in despair;

With frequent cries, and mutual sighs,

They both express their care.

 

“A different cause,” says Parson Sly,

“The same effect may give:

Poor Lubin fears that he may die;

His wife, that he may live.”

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