Boadicea: An Ode
Her story is one of tragedy and heroism. Boadicea, the great Celtic queen who took on the Roman Army after she and her daughters were beaten and raped.
William Cowper (1731-1800), a British poet, wrote the ode after a mental breakdown when he was recuperating at the Reverend William C. Unwin. Unwin’s wife recommended his return to writing may be therapeutic. This poem was included in a volume he had published when he was fifty years old.
Not too long ago, I met a shy, fearful dog and she came to live with us. I named her Boadicea, figuring she needed a strong namesake. We called her Bodie, for short, and love her very much. Rest in peace, Bodes . . . .
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