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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

Arthur’s kingdom fell because Lancelot and Guinnevere did not make the choices I imagine for them in this poem. We can choose integrity over passion, faithfulness over desire. Will we? They tragically did not.

LANCELOT AND GUINNEVERE: HOW IT OUGHT TO HAVE BEEN
(Taliessin Indulgeth in Wishful Thinking)

Two minds and hearts amazingly akin:
Begot by Chastity upon Desire,
They burned with both divine and earthly fire.
Matured already e’er it could begin,
It seemed their love had simply always been.
But it had not. They found themselves with prior
Loyalties that asked to be held higher,
But loved each other as they hated sin.

Nothing could turn their fire into ice;
Their sacred vows they’d not consent to break.
“I will not rate thee at a lower price,”
He said, “Nor thee nor virtue will forsake,
And this must be my costly sacrifice.”
There really was no other choice to make.

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