What are your thoughts on this poem, /lit/?On the Cards and Dice by Sir Walter RaleghYesterday's poem >>20790040
>One of the most colorful and politically powerful members of the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Walter Ralegh (1552 – 1618) has come to personify the English Renaissance. Born at Hayes Barton, Devonshire, most likely in 1554, Ralegh came from a prominent family long associated with seafaring. In his mid-teens, Ralegh interrupted his education to fight with Huguenot forces in France. Upon his return to England in 1572, he attended Oxford University for two years and left, without earning a degree, to study law in London. One of the first examples of his poetry appeared in 1576 as the preface to George Gascoigne's satire The Steele Glas. Two years later, Ralegh and his half-brother Sir Humphrey Gilbert sailed to North America in an unsuccessful attempt to find the Northwest Passage. In 1580, he took part in the English suppression of Ireland, earning a reputation as a war hero primarily for leading a massacre of unarmed Spanish and Italian troops. Upon his return to England, he was summoned by Queen Elizabeth to serve as an advisor on Irish affairs. Elizabeth was taken with Ralegh's personal charm, and he soon became one of her court favorites. In addition to lucrative royal commissions and grants, he was knighted in 1585, and in 1587, he was named captain of the Queen's personal guard. The majority of Ralegh's poetry was written during this period, much of it designed to flatter Elizabeth and secure her royal favor. He was able to use that influence to ensure the Queen's favorable reception of his friend Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queen (1590). Ralegh also used his influence to gain the Queen's support for his plan to establish the first English colony in North America, on Roanoke Island, in what is now North Carolina. Established in 1587, the colony was soon abandoned, and its inhabitants vanished without a trace, presumed to have been massacred by members of Chief Powhatan's tribe.
excessive (headache inducing level) use of imagery
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