Poet Laureate Simon Armitage marks Queen’s death with poem

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage wrote a poem to mark the Queen’s death.

The Loral Tribute consists of two stanzas, nine lines each, describing the arrival of a September evening and the appearance of a lily as “a thank you”.

The lily of the valley is one of the Queen’s favorite flowers and appears in her coronation bouquet.

Since then it has held special associations and grown in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.


Lily of the Valley, one of the Queen’s favorite flowers (Buckingham Palace/PA)

The poem uses a double abbreviated form, which means that the first letter of each line indicates Elizabeth when put together.

In the first stanza, Armitage writes of “A promise made and kept for a lifetime – that is your gift”.

Then he added: “The country has loaded itself entirely into your slender hands / Hands that can rest, now, lighten the weight of a century.”

Armitage has been a Laureate Poet since May 2019 when he met the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

He succeeded Dame Carol Ann Duffy, who was also present at the palace to see the Queen relinquish the role.

During the Platinum Jubilee, Armitage wrote a poem, Queenhood, to mark her 70 years of service.

The poet, who grew up in Marsden, West Yorkshire, has published around 30 anthologies of poetry and his work is learned by children as part of the national curriculum.

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He worked as a probation officer in Greater Manchester until 1994 before focusing on poetry.

– Floral Tribute by Simon Armitage

Evening will come, however determined late afternoon,
Ironwoods and oaks in their last green, dragging in the September fog.
I have suggested a lily to light these hours, a sign of thanks,
Regions and halos of soft light surround the glowing globes.
A promise made and kept for a lifetime – it’s your gift –
Because of that, this is a reciprocal gift, gloves for some,
Each shiny bonnet is protected by lance-shaped leaves.
The country has loaded itself entirely into your slender arms,
Hands that could have rested have now lifted the weight of a century.

Evening has come. Rain on the black lake and dark Munros.
Lily of the Valley, an almost identical name, a favorite flower
Interspersed with your famous bouquets, these
The strong fervor and grace of the lanterns, each bunch of flowers
A silent bell disguises a peculiar voice. A new dark day
Rest on remote mountain peaks and public parks, and
Everything pops up these brilliant petals and deep roots,
This lily thrives between the top and the plant, has a luminosity
Hold and glow beyond the life and borders of its bloom.

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