The Rolling English Road
"The Rolling English Road" is one of the best-known poems by G. K. Chesterton. It was first published under the title A Song of Temperance Reform in the New Witness in 1913. It was also included in the novel by Chesterton, The Flying Inn in 1914.
The poem is written in heptameters. Alliteration is plentiful and "a particularly useful device in the last line of each stanza, playfully yoking the far-flung places together (Birmingham/Beachy Head, etc) and reminding us that, like a pub comic, our narrator is, supposedly, improvising his tall story. When he drops the alliterative yoke in the last stanza ("Paradise ... Kensal Green") you know he's being serious."
In the final line of the poem, Kensal Green refers to Kensal Green Cemetery in London.
- Ahlquist, Dale. "Chesterton’s Scrapbook: A Look at G.K.’s Weekly". Retrieved 2012-05-30.
- Rumens, Carol (2011-06-13), "Poem of the week: The Rolling English Road by GK Chesterton", The Guardian, retrieved 2012-05-30
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