Sonnet 1513: English History

Updated on August 31, 2017
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Jose loves history, including the history of languages. More so English and its role as the global lingua franca for the Third Millennium.

Germanic tribes invaded from the east
and drove away Britain's much earlier races.
and thus Old English started in the West
although by now it left no written traces.

the Norman conquerors attacked from France
and brought about the so-called Middle English.
this was the tongue that Chaucer would enhance
with Canterbury tales that ages varnish.

and then Britannia ruled the seven seas,
collecting terms and treasures from all over.
the Modern English rolled -- pushed more or less
by Francis Bacon and by US power.

here comes Aquarius with New English psalm.
it passed the gate so let us holler "welcome!"

Jose Rizal M. Reyes
July 15, 2009A Wed

Invasion routes of Germanic tribes during the 5th century.  English is a Germanic language.
Invasion routes of Germanic tribes during the 5th century. English is a Germanic language.

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Summary: This poem traces the history of the English language -- from Germanic invaders to Norman conquest to Geoffrey Chaucer; then from Francis Bacon to British empire, American era and age of Aquarius.

Submitted for HP publication: August 5, 2017

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