Boadicea: An Ode
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 . . . .