Madoc by Robert Southey

Hello evrybody,

I’ll talk to you about a forgotten poem (or almost).

Foremost, who is Robert Southey ?

Robert Southey (1774-1843) is the indefatigable writer of literary period to which it belongs. Besides a large number of small pieces, he composed a series of epic poems today strong forgotten, but that earned him the office of poet laureate.

Then, from what speaks this poem?

Madoc is an 1805 epic poem composed by Robert Southey. It is based on the legend of Madoc, a supposed Welsh prince. Southey finally completed the poem as a whole in 1799, at the age of 25. It was finally published in two volumes in 1805 by the London publisher Longman with extensive footnotes.                                                                                         The story tells about  Madoc, a young Welsh nobleman, whose family breaks down into a series of bloody disputes over royal succession. Madoc, unwilling to participate in the struggle, decides to journey to America to start a new life. When he arrived in America, he met many Aztecs and decides to convert them to Christianity. Then he come back into his country to find more recruits for his new colony. But when he come back in America Madoc returns to find that the Aztecs have returned to their human sacrifices. After long and bloody warfare, Madoc is able to defeat the Aztecs and exile them. (yey! ^^’)

I hope that this lil explaination has interested you to read other Southey’s works !

See you soon !!

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