History Determinator / Poetry

2nd Apr '16 5:56:19 AM PaulA
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* [[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/epitaph-on-an-army-of-mercenaries/ "Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries"]] by A. E. Housman invokes this, referring to the British Army in WorldWarI. (Apparently the German press had been saying that the British soldiers, professionals rather than conscripts, should be considered mercenaries.) "What God abandoned, these defended" -- you can't get much more Determinator than that.

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* [[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/epitaph-on-an-army-of-mercenaries/ "Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries"]] by A. E. Housman Creator/AEHousman invokes this, referring to the British Army in WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. (Apparently the German press had been saying that the British soldiers, professionals rather than conscripts, should be considered mercenaries.) "What God abandoned, these defended" -- you can't get much more Determinator than that.
28th Jul '13 8:32:40 PM Candi
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* Subverted with the Creator/ShelSilverstein poem, [[http://des.emory.edu/mfp/littleblueengine.html "The Little Blue Engine"]]

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* Subverted with the Creator/ShelSilverstein poem, [[http://des.emory.edu/mfp/littleblueengine.html [[http://holyjoe.org/poetry/shel4.htm "The Little Blue Engine"]]
5th May '13 8:15:43 AM TheDesigner
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* [[http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/william-ernest-henley/invictus/ "Invictus"]] by William Ernest Henley embodies this trope.

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* [[http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/william-ernest-henley/invictus/ "Invictus"]] by William Ernest Henley embodies this trope. He wrote it when he was 14 years old, and he was getting a leg amputed because he had contracted tuberculosis in the bone. He almost had the other one amputed as well, but he protested and got another doctor to save it after lengthy surgery over that leg's foot. He didn't lose his spirit, though, and he kept a strong, jovial and masterful attitude throughout his life; so much so, that family-friend Robert Louis Stevenson was so impressed with his maimed yet commanding figure that he served as inspiration for Long John Silver.

-->[[DarkestHour Out of the night that covers me]],\\
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,\\
I thank whatever gods may be\\
[[InvokedTrope For my unconquerable soul]].\\
\\
[[IronWoobie In the fell clutch of circumstance\\
I have not winced nor cried aloud.\\
Under the bludgeonings of chance]]\\
My head is bloody, but unbowed.\\
\\
[[DespairEventHorizon Beyond this place of wrath and tears\\
Looms but the Horror of the shade,]]\\
And yet the menace of the years\\
Finds and shall find me unafraid.\\
\\
[[ScrewDestiny It matters not how strait the gate,\\
How charged with punishments the scroll]],\\
[[AntiNihilist I am the master of my fate:\\
I am the captain of my soul]].
21st Mar '13 5:17:05 AM LordGro
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* Subverted with the ShelSilverstein poem, [[http://des.emory.edu/mfp/littleblueengine.html "The Little Blue Engine"]]

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* Subverted with the ShelSilverstein Creator/ShelSilverstein poem, [[http://des.emory.edu/mfp/littleblueengine.html "The Little Blue Engine"]]
18th Jun '12 12:29:12 AM FELH2
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* RudyardKipling's poem "The Overland Mail" portrays a postman in India as this, in terms that make "neither rain nor snow nor [[Discworld/GoingPostal glo m of ni t]]" seem kind of mild (bear in mind the poem specifically states he's doing '''all''' this at night ... in the jungle ... uphill):

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* RudyardKipling's Creator/RudyardKipling's poem "The Overland Mail" portrays a postman in India as this, in terms that make "neither rain nor snow nor [[Discworld/GoingPostal glo m of ni t]]" seem kind of mild (bear in mind the poem specifically states he's doing '''all''' this at night ... in the jungle ... uphill):
9th Nov '11 12:52:18 PM darsint
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* As the page quote for the main page suggests, Ulysses (or Odysseus, if you prefer) is definitely one, whether in Alfred Lord Tennyson's ''[[http://www.love-poems.me.uk/tennyson_ulysses.htm Ulysses]]'' or in Homer's ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.

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* As the page quote for the main page suggests, Ulysses (or Odysseus, if you prefer) is definitely one, whether in Alfred Lord Tennyson's ''[[http://www.love-poems.me.uk/tennyson_ulysses.htm Ulysses]]'' or in Homer's ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* Subverted with the ShelSilverstein poem, [[http://des.emory.edu/mfp/littleblueengine.html "The Little Blue Engine"]]
25th Sep '11 9:22:48 PM nombretomado
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* As the page quote for the main page suggests, Ulysses (or Odysseus, if you prefer) is definitely one, whether in Alfred Lord Tennyson's ''[[http://www.love-poems.me.uk/tennyson_ulysses.htm Ulysses]]'' or in Homer's ''TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.

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* As the page quote for the main page suggests, Ulysses (or Odysseus, if you prefer) is definitely one, whether in Alfred Lord Tennyson's ''[[http://www.love-poems.me.uk/tennyson_ulysses.htm Ulysses]]'' or in Homer's ''TheIliad'' ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
13th Sep '11 4:07:38 PM AmyJade
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* As the page quote for the main page suggests, Ulysses (or Odysseus, if you prefer) is definitely one, whether in Alfred Lord Tennyson's ''[[http://www.love-poems.me.uk/tennyson_ulysses.htm Ulysses]]'' or in Homer's ''TheIliad'' and ''TheOdyssey''.

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* As the page quote for the main page suggests, Ulysses (or Odysseus, if you prefer) is definitely one, whether in Alfred Lord Tennyson's ''[[http://www.love-poems.me.uk/tennyson_ulysses.htm Ulysses]]'' or in Homer's ''TheIliad'' and ''TheOdyssey''.''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
13th May '11 3:12:46 AM DocLoki
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* [[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/epitaph-on-an-army-of-mercenaries/ "Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries"]] by A. E. Housman invokes this, referring to the British Army in WorldWarI. (Apparently the German press had been saying that the British soldiers, professionals rather than conscripts, should be considered mercenaries.) "What God abandoned, these defended" -- you can't get much more Determinator than that.

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* [[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/epitaph-on-an-army-of-mercenaries/ "Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries"]] by A. E. Housman invokes this, referring to the British Army in WorldWarI. (Apparently the German press had been saying that the British soldiers, professionals rather than conscripts, should be considered mercenaries.) "What God abandoned, these defended" -- you can't get much more Determinator than that.that.
* As the page quote for the main page suggests, Ulysses (or Odysseus, if you prefer) is definitely one, whether in Alfred Lord Tennyson's ''[[http://www.love-poems.me.uk/tennyson_ulysses.htm Ulysses]]'' or in Homer's ''TheIliad'' and ''TheOdyssey''.
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