The Way of the Warrior Poet

The warrior-poet is an ancient tradition of strengthening the body, the mind, and the spirit. Recognizing the connection between skill and reflection, courage and wisdom, strength and spirituality.

The warrior-poet shows up on the pages of history.

  • The Fianna of early Ireland, fierce warriors who were summoned by kings in times of war. They were required to be skilled in poetry. Their 3 mottoes were “purity of our hearts,” “strength of our limbs,” and “action to match our speech.”
  • The Samurai of Japan, warriors who were well-educated and skilled in the art of calligraphy – “masters of the pen and the sword.”
  • The Knights of medieval Europe, with their code of chivalry which required excellence in the areas of military, social etiquette, and religion.

The warrior-poet shows up in pop culture.

  • “In the Year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland – starving and outnumbered – charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior-poets; they fought like Scotsmen, and won their freedom.” – Braveheart
  • “Warrior-poet once said you’re not dead yet, so live like you could be. Warrior-poet said have no regrets when you’re old.” – The Classic Crime
  • QB “Steamin” Willie Beamen is referred to as a warrior-poet by a sports commentator played by Director Oliver Stone in his film, Any Given Sunday

This tradition is still carried on today.

It’s about action emboldened by passion, a fusion of athletics and the arts, confidence catalyzed by purposeful living, and a balance between strength and sensitivity.

The articles under The Way of the Warrior Poet category will all reflect one or more of these interlaced themes.

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