Celebratory poem
A serious poem
to celebrate the launch of the British Council's Web site
by Roger McGough

[Photograph of Roger McGough]

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This is a serious poem
It wears a serious face
It does not fritter away the words
It knows its place


Perfectly balanced
Neither too long nor too short
It gazes solemnly heavenwards
Like a real poem ought


Familiar with the classics
It drops names with ease
Here comes Plato with Lycidas
And look, there's Demosthenes!


Poetry at its best
And British through and through
A Web site for sore eyes
That serves to welcome you


A poem often ends with two lines
that rhyme. But not always.


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