I love the poem, Lepanto. Maybe it is a guy poem, thick with war and heroism. The poem is written about the battle of Lepanto, at which the western fleets crushed the Ottoman navy, halting their westward expansion.
I am currently reading Empires of the Sea, written about that struggle between the Ottomans and the Christian west. If you have any love for history at all, you would enjoy the book. Roger Crowley, the author, brings the scene to life. He does an excellent job of hopping around the landscape, giving the reader a complete appreciation of the motive forces behind the two empires.
Crowley's writing is smooth. The pages slip by and the reader wants more. And the more I read, the more the poem comes to life for me.