The World’s Best English Epic Poetry – Lewis’ Queen of Drum

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Part of the world’s best English epic and narrative poetry includes Lewis’s The Queen of Drum.

In this poignant poem, the Kingdom of Drum is subject to a palace revolution: the top-ranked army general cleanly disposes of the aged – and doddery – king and proclaim himself the replacement monarch. The spirited, young queen – ordered to promptly remarry the general – pretends acquiescence: escaping en route to her place of incarceration.

With the hue-and-cry being raised in pursuit behind her, the fugitive queen employs her woodland skills to lose herself quickly in the depths of the forest. On the move – and free for the moment – she faces an exquisitely agonising choice of how best she might remove herself beyond the risk of recapture. Will she:

  • Submit her will to a higher power – as her own good confessor urged – to hope and pray to the Christian God? Or…
  • Acquiesce to her own dark promptings, to follow the paths of spirits and pass beyond the common world into Faerie?

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Sadly, this text is not yet in the public domain – being published only in 1969. It is in print, and be purchased as part of a collection of Lewis’ Narrative poems.

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