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A Modern Day Victorian Tale; (Poem)

Updated on January 20, 2019
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  


I want to watch the movie, “Far from the Madding Crowd.” I haven’t had the time yet, but I do love an epic Victorian romance, or I should say love triangle, I think that is what the movie is about; a woman having to choose between three very different types of men.

Anyway, drama is my favorite genre, and the Victorian era is the most intriguing era to me perhaps. I like to imagine myself living back at that time. I wonder how it would’ve been for me. Would I have been a peasant girl, a servant to the rich? Maybe I would have married into royalty. However, if back then, I were anything as I am now, I surely would have been a lady of the night; a Moulin Rouge sort of girl. Yes, I think that would fit me well.

After my last poem, I got a little stuck in what I should write next, and then seeing the movie trailer for,"Far from the Madding Crowd,” and also, knowing I loved other tales such as “Jane Eyre,” and “Pride and Prejudice,” I decided to make my own little Victorian tale in the way of a poem.

I will admit; my Victorian grammar is not precise in my poem. They had a certain way of calculating their words, but I hope I have given it a feel of the era. I hope you like it!


A LIfe Lived

I’ve lived a life.

I had a life, and

at this very point

in my life, I boast

of wisdom it does

seem, and I’m always

finding it continues


Like an endless flow

of running water,

there is no end to this

great sagacity honor.

I’ve learned, finally,

to appreciate what

I have; my uniqueness

of self, and my blithe

journey through


Picture is Mozart for some reason, but the song is by Pachelbel :)


Not For Me

Though, I often found

it hard to walk upright

through these years of

difficult strife.

I, furthermore,

presumed to know

the truth, that

a marriage I would

never feel a part of

my path; I just could

not picture myself

as that.

A lady tied down

to a kitchen sink, a

mop with a bucket,

a dusty broom sweep.

It truly made my

blood run cold to

think that I was

placed with such

squalor to uphold.

It’s not the tedious

chores I would dread,

but the dreadful boss

of a husband instead.


My Blessing

I don’t mean to be

so judgmental.

However, I have felt

that confinement

before, for me, it was

a life of lost joy.

Thus, the man up

above knew my

heart, and knew

I would never feel

I could quit my part.

So, he instilled

cheaters to stray

from me and gave

me the way to be

set free.

Learning later what

blessing he bestowed,

my broken heart would

mend, and strength

I now show.


A Love Unique

I have since found

the perfect one for

me. He’s young, bold,

and quite charming.

He impresses me with

his stance as a man, he

woos my senses and

stirs my desires. He

truly sets my soul to


I have fallen deep

In love, but this love

is different. It’s the

truest love I have

ever experienced.

Obstacles are obvious

If you look at the age

gap, but it’s perfect

and full of unconditional

no doubts.

He’s so courteous in

wanting to please; he

does this with a young

Manly tease.

I do know one day he

will stray, but by then

I shall will him to

go away.

It’s not as cynical as

It sounds, we will

both part knowing

It’s time to let go,

and always keep each

other in our heart and


Memories are Forever!

Tell me...

Do you have a favorite movie drama of Victorian era?

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Far From the Madding Crowd; My Review

I have since watched this movie, and I thought I would return to this hub for my personal review.

Far From the Madding Crowd was interesting. However, it didn't stir my emotions as a lot of stories and movies back in this decade has.

This tale about a woman who inherits her uncle's estate and then tries to maintain it with the help of a dashing single man. Picky as she is, this man she could not commit to at first, she ventured to seek more excitement, and in turn, found the wrong man to please, along the way striking an interest to another bachelor whom she, out of childish angst, sent a loving valentine to.

This is a love triangle of sorts, but the whole way through the movie, there was always a knowing which would win her heart at the end. It almost made me feel bored, just because of the evident. I'm not one that cares for the obvious. I like a mystery in everything I watch usually.

In saying that, I did think it, nevertheless, was a decent story of the era. I would probably give it a rating of three stars.

© 2015 Missy Smith


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    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Surabhi. I'm very happy you liked this poem. :)

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      4 years ago

      I am flabbergasted to read about Victorian era. Your poem touches the very zenth of soul. Superb, Missy :)

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Yes, that is what I find intriguing myself about that era. It had a distinct disposition of actions and mannerisms, and it just felt classy. Even so, you are right; the hardships of the middle and lower classes aren't portrayed in those movies we love so well of that era, and more than likely, if you are not a history buff, you slept through that era during history class. Nevertheless, I still find it very interesting now.

      Thanks MizBejabbers for reading my poem! :)

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      5 years ago from Beautiful South

      Quite interesting. I love the Victorian Era and when I was young, I envied the dresses, the homes, and the genteel manner in which they lived. Of course, we young romantic girls had not seen the hardships of the middle and lower classes of that era. Beautiful poetry.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      It's very nice to meet you Audrey Howitt, and thank you so much. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Really a lovely hub!

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Yes, though it may be silly on my part, I do often wish there was a time-travel device really invented. I would so love to visit different decades from years past. Perhaps it shall happen in the future still...

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think you have done very well with all of these. It lends my spirit to be transported to another time, where I shall drink from my goblet while I pen my life away...

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I'm fine with gentle teases. lol... I'm not one that takes things like that to heart. It's fun! I think you should only be serious about the things you have to be solemn about, and the rest you should laugh and laugh a lot! You know... Live your Life!! :)

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      5 years ago from london

      You do now, my Sweet. And yes, perhaps you got bored then, hence your difference now. Fun? isn't it? Hope you are ok with a gentle tease. Much Love.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you manatita44. I do find all things Victorian fascinating. I love how they dressed, how they lived, the only thing I wonder about is if I would have gotten a little bored back in that era? I don't think they had a lot to do back then except an occasional gala or gathering. I need more substance for fun. :)

      Thanks for the lovely comment. Many Blessings.

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      5 years ago from london

      Nice Hub. Your poetry is also beautiful. Some of us tend to have an open mind about re-incarnation, and perhaps you've had a Victorian one. Hey, I'm no messiah. Just searching as most of us, but interesting to note your interest in so many English names, places and things of worth.

      I hear that Victoria had many strengths. Excellent Hub!

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much Gypsy Rose...:)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      A wonderful poetic and musical journey.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Dana. Sometimes it's the pictures and things I have the hardest time with. I always want it to match, but finding ones that will work is a task sometimes. I wish I had time to go out and take pictures all day and store them up for my hubs. However, that wouldn't have helped this hub, unless I bought Victorian attire and dressed up. lol..

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      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Since I'm not into Victorian tales or movies I wouldn't have noticed the modern day dialect. I loved the "Not for me" since I have felt that way one time or another. I also loved the pictures you chose it added so much life to your hub.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Frank. I'm glad you got the title: A "Modern" Day Victorian Tale, because there was no way I could have talked so precise with the manner of words they spoke back then. lol.... However, I hoped one who read my poem could grab that image of a classic Victorian lady speaking.

      Thanks for the awesome vote! :)

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Oh yes, Faith and Jodah, I absolutely love that movie. I can't believe I didn't think of that one. I can't remember how old I was, but one Summer, I watched that movie over and over and over again. I loved the romance, the time travel, and the whole story was just magical to me. Jane Seymour is gorgeous, and Christopher Reeves will always be Superman to me; he was so good in that movie. Now I want to watch it again. Thanks for reminding me of it. So many good movies through the years!!! :):):)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      i like the mordern day words.. used in your poetry.. I can feel it coursing through out the entire hub... voted awesome

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you, John, for confirming it is one of the best romantic fantasy movies. Makes me want to watch it again.


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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Somewhere in Time is a great movie, Faith. One of the best romantic fantasies. I recommend it Missy, if you haven't seen it.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love the Victorian Era, Missy. It is such a romantic era to me. Your poems are wonderful. I have photos of my grandmother on my mother's side who dressed in Victorian dresses, etc. Her hair was gorgeous pulled up full like they did then and not tight, again, so romantic.

      The only movie that comes to my mind is Somewhere in Time, which I love. Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour star in it. It is a time traveling movie. Of course he falls in love with her. She is from the Victoria era and he is from the future ... don't want to ruin the ending if you have not seen it.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I believe it's based in Victorian England Jodah. I only watched the trailer, but it looks like a good one, although, it does have that romantic drama feel. If you don't like those types, I'm not sure if you would care for

      Thank you for liking this poem. I do try to bring diversity. I feel people will get bored reading just my own dark drama. It's probably not my best. It may be a bit boring for some, but if you like classical music like I do; you will at least love listening to the songs, right? ;)

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Visually attractive hub Missy with wonderful classical music and videos. I like your poem too. I have never read any Novels set in the Victorian era, but quite a few movies. My favourites are Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park. I never even realised that Far from the Madding Crowd was Victorian. I will have to watch it. I can't stand Pride and Prejudice (maybe it's a guy thing)..and cringe every time I hear the name "Mr Darcy." I like the diversity in your hubs, well done.


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