Stewart Bartlam: War And Peace

I missed the version on the BBC,
so glad it's out at last in DVD.
Jim Broadbent's in it — good enough for me!
But, if I watch, it will forever be
an untried classic. ( I admit with shame
there are so many others I could name.)

I can identify with Ethelred,
always unready, constantly in dread
of Leo Tolstoy's epic range and spread,
a sword of Damocles above my head.
It prompts a question that will never cease.
Is life too short for tackling War and Peace?