Given the Dickens I’ve Known

Show of hands, who has read Charles Dickens in their lives?  Who in the last 30 years?  Yet, he stands as perhaps the greatest novelist in the English language.  It almost scares me to know that I had read five of his works by the seventh grade.  I think I would be  lucky to find five people who even know that the  classics A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities was written by this giant.  Yet, we wonder why civilization seems to be in trouble these days, right?

The Dickens Proejct - Christmas Square Dance II

Given the Dickens I've Known
by Michael Doyle

On June 9, 2020, life in its severity
Found Charles Dickens struck from life
After decades of telling tales of clarity
Of the hope of life and all of its strife

Buried in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abby
This novelist was the English epitome
Of a literary master who stood by the poor
Helping them to endure and hope for a bit more

Blending adventure with sentimentality
His every tale was one of industrial morality
Having made his way up from society's lower reaches
His were and are the words that fill the breaches

Of society's contract for the classes
The push through in their struggling masses
Debt was cause enough for imprisonment then
As Dickens would look back on childhood again

Descriptive of the lawyers' misery
And the squalor that suffered the century
Little bits of darkened, hidden alley ways
Were the common cause of Dickens' days

(c) June 10, 2020  Michael Doyle
All Rights Reserved

Story Time At the Dickens Project II





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Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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