is a poem written by Robert Bridges
in 1921, and first collected in his book New Verse
(1925). The poem is the first example of Bridges' Neo-Miltonic Syllabics
"Poor Poll" was composed at the same time as T. S. Eliot
was writing The Waste Land
.Donald E. Stanford
. In the Classic Mode: The Achievement of Robert Bridges,
Associated University Presses, 1978. ISBN 0-87413-118-9. Page 118. Both Eliot and Bridges were searching for a medium which would allow the incorporation of a wide variety of material, including phrases in foreign languages.
It has been suggestedWilliam Harmon
. "An Entertaining Coincidence At Least". , page 3. that Bridges' poem was a conscious parody
of Eliot's. Like The Waste Land
, Poor Poll
includes many classical allusions and phrases in foreign languages (including French
, and polytonic Greek
). Also like Eliot's work, Bridges' was published with a set of footnotes supplied by the poet. Bridges' footnotes are headed "Metrical Elucidations", and offer advice on the poem's scansion
as well as explaining some of the allusions.
Here are a few lines from Bridges' poem:Bridges, Robert: The Poetical Works of Robert Bridges
, Oxford Editions of Standard Authors, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 1936.
- Why ask? You cannot know. 'Twas by no choice of......