Quotation by Shakespeare

O, withered is the garland of the war,
The soldier's pole is fallen!
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 15, l. 64-5.

"Garland" suggests the wreath of victory, and "pole" the standard-bearer, and also a phallus, reminding us of the dead Antony's sexuality.
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