May the Verse Be With You: Ode to Winston Smith

An ode seems about right to try and capture the awful life and fate of Winston Smith. Poor chap! His life at least lives on in legend, now. 
Ode

If anyone deserves an ode it’s Winston Smith! Even for those who’ve not read it, George Orwell’s 1984 conjures terror and horror. As a book, it’s a massive contribution to culture, perhaps one of the most important novels ever. The story’s main protagonist, Winston Smith, gets his place amongst the growing catalogue of works at May The Verse Be With You. Just don’t tell the Thought Police . . .

 

Ode to Winston Smith

 

Winston Smith and his Victory Gin,

Winston Smith and his varicose skin

Winston Smith grown deathly thin

 

Winston Smith lives in squalid flats

Winston Smith and psychotic bureaucrats

Winston Smith and his fear of rats . . .

 

Winston Smith saving up for Hate Week

Winston Smith being taught New-Speak

Winston Smith — an existence so bleak

 

Winston Smith fell for O’Brien’s con;

Winston Smith in room 101

Winston Smith, almost all hope gone

 

Winston Smith in a hell like no other,

Winston Smith — how he misses his mother

Winston Smith and is love of Big Brother

 

An ode seems about right to try and capture the awful life and fate of Winston Smith. Poor chap! His life at least lives on in legend, now. Orwell’s book is the source of many a meme. Two of the most well-known ones say ‘Make Orwell fiction again’ and ‘It was supposed to be warning, not an instruction manual . . .’. Certainly, some food for thought  See you next week, readers! Stay safe.

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