Khya asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 4 weeks ago

What does the line from the Old Ironsides poem “ Where knelt the vanquished foe” mean?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    The foe, the enemy, that got onto the deck but was cut down to their knees before they died.

  • 4 weeks ago

    IS THIS FROM MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

  • 4 weeks ago

    It's a syntactic inversion; it means the same thing as "where the vanquished foe knelt," or "where the defeated enemy was kneeling."

  • Mike
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    4 weeks ago

    Ay, tear her tattered ensign down! Do they still teach that in school? The line means that during the battles the ship was involved in, the enemy sailors were forced to surrender and kneel on the ship's deck.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Before battle Christians pray to their God. They do this kneeling down. Evidently the God was listening to the other side and they were vanquished.

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