Poem: ‘Sir Patrick Spens’

The early modern ballad Sir Patrick Spens is the Guardian’s poem of the week.

I first came across this poem in an undergraduate literature lecture.  The last couple of verses give me chills.

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3 thoughts on “Poem: ‘Sir Patrick Spens’

  1. My real life alter-ego has written about this poem- it’s fab. There are many different versions as it is a song from oral tradition and I am fascinated with how female singers transform a song, ostensibly about men, into a song of women’s experiences of waiting and longing.

  2. That’s such a great ballad. Pentangle’s got a good version, but I think June Tabor’s is the best, her voice has that spooky quality that suits the song.

  3. It is brilliant – so effective even now, centuries later.

    Sandy Denny does a version too on the extended Liege and Lief.

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