Edwin Brock

(19 October 1927 – 7 September 1997 / Dulwich / London / England)

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Edwin Brock was a British poet. Brock wrote two of the best-known poems of the last century, Five Ways to Kill a Man and Song of the Battery Hen.

Early Life

Brock was born in Dulwich, London, in 1927. He grew up in a turbulent working class family with no literary aspirations. He won a scholarship to a local grammar school but his formal education ended after he gained his School Certificate. Brock's interest in poetry was inspired by a paperback anthology of modern verse which he picked up idly as a bored 18-year old, waiting to be de-mobbed from the Royal Navy at the end of the Second World War. This chance encounter in Hong Kong was to prove revelatory and from then ... more »

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,237 Points Richard Beevor (4/23/2014 7:14:00 AM)

    another excellent work from Edwin Brock

  • Veteran Poet - 1,237 Points Richard Beevor (4/23/2014 7:09:00 AM)

    Five ways to kill a man: brilliant poem, just love the whole idea and the way it flows, great work.

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Best Poem of Edwin Brock

Five Ways To Kill A Man

There are many cumbersome ways to kill a man.
You can make him carry a plank of wood
to the top of a hill and nail him to it. To do this
properly you require a crowd of people
wearing sandals, a cock that crows, a cloak
to dissect, a sponge, some vinegar and one
man to hammer the nails home.

Or you can take a length of steel,
shaped and chased in a traditional way,
and attempt to pierce the metal cage he wears.
But for this you need white horses,
English trees, men with bows and arrows,
at least two flags, a prince, and a
castle to hold your banquet ...

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