Thoughts Toward Claudius Salmasius, With Reference To Ahitophel

Your words against him, rancid bile spewed from your soul,

are---from the quality of prose---quite terrible.

We can thank God that you avoided poetry,

while showing your delicate instability---

that lashes out with every shadowed accusation

to which you cannot bring the least substantiation.

Your spirit---shriveled, dessicated, starved and small

can still hold what Milton called "darkness visible,"
and seems anxious to have as much of it and all

it can obtain until it can feel fed and full;

oh, and did I forget---how slack of me---to mention

you are a parasite, seeking only attention?

But you do need attentions, like your proud, despotic

hero, in someplace where they treat persons psychotic.

I have just one suggestion that I, forthwith bring,

to you---beneath a sturdy tree's limb, take your swing.

 

Starward

Author's Notes/Comments: 

John Milton was vociferously and maliciously slandered, repeatedly, in the writing of his far less literate opponent (unable to write valid poetry), Claudius Salmasius.  Ahitophel was an evil advisor who, frustrated that he had been revealed as a creep, hung himself in 2 Samuel 17.  No loss there.  The last line of my poem alludes to this, but uses a more pugilistic phrase as a shameless pun. 

 

"Darkness visible" is quoted from John Milton''s epic poem, Paradise Lost, I:63.

 

Lines thirteen and fourteen allude to Charles I, whose tragic despotism and inflated sense of his own so-called Divine Right, brought such suffering to the English people; Salmasius attempted to justify Charles' political and verbal excesses (despite lacking, say, Twitter, and other social media), which provoked from Milton his masterful First and Second Defense Of The English People, both of which were familiar to the leaders of the American Revolution.

 

 

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