SCHOOLMISTRESS by WILFRED OWEN
Having, with bold Horatius, stamped her feet And waved a final swashing arabesque O'er the brave days of old, she ceased to bleat, Slapped her Macaulay back upon the desk, Resumed her calm gaze and her lofty seat.
There, while she heard the classic lines repeat, Once more the teacher's face clenched stern; For through the window, looking on the street, Three soldiers hailed her. She made no return. One was called 'Orace whom she would not greet.
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|Author||Owen, Wilfred (1893-1918)|
|Copyright||The Estate of Wilfred Owen. The Complete Poems and Fragments of Wilfred Owen edited by Jon Stallworthy first published by Chatto Windus, 1983. Preliminaries, introductory, editorial matter, manuscripts and fragments omitted.|
|First line||Having, with bold Horatius, stamped her feet|
|Publication source||The Complete Poems and Fragments of Wilfred Owen|
|Publication editor||Stallworthy, Jon|
|Digital repository||The First World War Poetry Digital Archive|