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Last Ride Together, The Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Browning Type: Poetry Views: 2589



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I said---Then, dearest, since 'tis so,
Since now at length my fate I know,
Since nothing all my love avails,
Since all, my life seemed meant for, fails,
Since this was written and needs must be---
My whole heart rises up to bless
Your name in pride and thankfulness!
Take back the hope you gave,---I claim
---Only a memory of the same,
---And this beside, if you will not blame,
Your leave for one more last ride with me.

II.

My mistress bent that brow of hers;
Those deep dark eyes where pride demurs
When pity would be softening through,
Fixed me, a breathing-while or two,
With life or death in the balance: right!
The blood replenished me again;
My last thought was at least not vain:
I and my mistress, side by side
Shall be together, breathe and ride,
So, one day more am I deified.
Who knows but the world may end tonight?

III.

Hush! if you saw some western cloud
All billowy-bosomed, over-bowed
By many benedictions---sun's
And moon's and evening-star's at once---
And so, you, looking and loving best,
Conscious grew, your passion drew
Cloud, sunset, moonrise, star-shine too,
Down on you, near and yet more near,
Till flesh must fade for heaven was here!---
Thus leant she and lingered---joy and fear!
Thus lay she a moment on my breast.

IV.

Then we began to ride. My soul
Smoothed itself out, a long-cramped scroll
Freshening and fluttering in the wind.
Past hopes already lay behind.
What need to strive with a life awry?
Had I said that, had I done this,
So might I gain, so might I miss.
Might she have loved me? just as well
She might have hated, who can tell!
Where had I been now if the worst befell?
And here we are riding, she and I.

V.

Fail I alone, in words and deeds?
Why, all men strive and who succeeds?
We rode; it seemed my spirit flew,
Saw other regions, cities new,
As the world rushed by on either side.
I thought,---All labour, yet no less
Bear up beneath their unsuccess.
Look at the end of work, contrast
The petty done, the undone vast,
This present of theirs with the hopeful past!
I hoped she would love me; here we ride.

VI.

What hand and brain went ever paired?
What heart alike conceived and dared?
What act proved all its thought had been?
What will but felt the fleshly screen?
We ride and I see her bosom heave.
There's many a crown for who can reach,
Ten lines, a statesman's life in each!
The flag stuck on a heap of bones,
A soldier's doing! what atones?
They scratch his name on the Abbey-stones.
My riding is better, by their leave.

VII.

What does it all mean, poet? Well,
Your brains beat into rhythm, you tell
What we felt only; you expressed
You hold things beautiful the best,
And pace them in rhyme so, side by side.
'Tis something, nay 'tis much: but then,
Have you yourself what's best for men?
Are you---poor, sick, old ere your time---
Nearer one whit your own sublime
Than we who never have turned a rhyme?
Sing, riding's a joy! For me, I ride.

VIII.

And you, great sculptor---so, you gave
A score of years to Art, her slave,
And that's your Venus, whence we turn
To yonder girl that fords the burn!
You acquiesce, and shall I repine?
What, man of music, you grown grey
With notes and nothing else to say,
Is this your sole praise from a friend,
``Greatly his opera's strains intend,
``Put in music we know how fashions end!''
I gave my youth; but we ride, in fine.

IX.

Who knows what's fit for us? Had fate
Proposed bliss here should sublimate
My being---had I signed the bond---
Still one must lead some life beyond,
Have a bliss to die with, dim-descried.
This foot once planted on the goal,
This glory-garland round my soul,
Could I descry such? Try and test!
I sink back shuddering from the quest.
Earth being so good, would heaven seem best?
Now, heaven and she are beyond this ride.

X.

And yet---she has not spoke so long!
What if heaven be that, fair and strong
At life's best, with our eyes upturned
Whither life's flower is first discerned,
We, fixed so, ever should so abide?
What if we still ride on, we two
With life for ever old yet new,
Changed not in kind but in degree,
The instant made eternity,---
And heaven just prove that I and she
Ride, ride together, for ever ride?


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The present poem is an expressions of the lofty and sublime feelings of a rejected lover.the poet is kept waiting fr a long period of time time nd finally the lady rejected his love .then the poet requests the lady to have a final ride with him .the purpose behind this ride is to immorttalize that very moment.He feels divine pleasure while on ride with her.The feelings of the lover are the outcome of the rejection of his love proposal.(AJAY SANDHU, PGT. ENGLISH IN SBVM HAPUR PANCHSHEELNAGAR)

| Posted on 2012-06-23 | by a guest


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The present poem is an expressions of the lofty and sublime feelings of a rejected lover.the poet is kept waiting fr a long period of time time nd finally the lady rejected his love .then the poet requests the lady to have a final ride with him .the purpose behind this ride is to immorttalize that very moment.He feels divine pleasure while on ride with her.The feelings of the lover are the outcome of the rejection of his love proposal.(AJAY SANDHU, PGT. ENGLISH IN SBVM HAPUR PANCHSHEELNAGAR)

| Posted on 2012-06-23 | by a guest


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The present poem is an expressions of the lofty and sublime feelings of a rejected lover.the poet is kept waiting fr a long period of time time nd finally the lady rejected his love .then the poet requests the lady to have a final ride with him .the purpose behind this ride is to immorttalize that very moment.He feels divine pleasure while on ride with her.The feelings of the lover are the outcome of the rejection of his love proposal.(AJAY SANDHU, PGT. ENGLISH IN SBVM HAPUR PANCHSHEELNAGAR)

| Posted on 2012-06-23 | by a guest


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hey!this is saba.in this poem browning gives very true philosophy of life that we people always live in two conditions one is \"ALAS!!\" and other is \"I WISH\" and we don\'t enjoy the present moment. but after reading this Superb piece by Browning i believe that we should enjoy our present moment because life is too short to enjoy the all blessings of God. SABA FROM FUCLAS

| Posted on 2012-05-21 | by a guest


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Mr. Rajesh Parui M.A.(Eng), Ghtal, and Dr. Ratan Bhatacharjee Nagebazar,
You should know the meanings of\'love-making\' and \'loving\' or \'being in love\'. The poem is not about \'love-making\' which means \'sexual intercourse.\' The Last Ride Together is a brilliant poem of Browning which glorifies love. In real life, such things happenen, as it happened in the life of Sir philip Sidney. Refer to his poem, popularly known as \'Loving in Truth\'- sonnet no 108 in Astrophel and Stella.
Sibaprasad Dutta, Ramakrishna Palli, Kolkata 700 150
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| Posted on 2012-03-23 | by a guest


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Mr. Rajesh Parui M.A.(Eng), Ghtal, and Dr. Ratan Bhatacharjee Nagebazar,
You should know the meanings of\'love-making\' and \'loving\' or \'being in love\'. The poem is not about \'love-making\' which means \'sexual intercourse.\' The Last Ride Together is a brilliant poem of Browning which glorifies love. In real life, such things happenen, as it happened in the life of Sir philip Sidney. Refer to his poem, popularly known as \'Loving in Truth\'- sonnet no 108 in Astrophel and Stella.
Sibaprasad Dutta, Ramakrishna Palli, Kolkata 700 150
Email ID:

| Posted on 2012-03-23 | by a guest


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I idrees dev student of english . Last ride togather is a peom which show us how to love . We have learned a lassen from this love love love

| Posted on 2012-03-05 | by a guest


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\'The last ride together\' is a dramatic monologue and it show drowning at his best in the handling of this poetic form. The lover is expressing his emotions actually in front of none. The sheer imagination of proximity fills with thrill and sense of fulfillment.
It is the poem depicting the emotions of a last ride, permitted to the speaker by his beloved.
Language is a bit complicated to understand in the first reading
What i think is that the robert browning has said those things in this poem that were not being flourished at the time but as the time passed, this things have become true.
Today we see that the love relationships i.e. So called love relationship are short termed and works only on the principle of LSD.
Not exactly,but in the poem too, the browning has introduced a sense of ride, though he has already broke up with the girl.
AKSHAY RATHORE
CLASS XII
Everest e.h.s. School

| Posted on 2012-03-01 | by a guest


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The theme called \'carpe diem\' is used in this poem.The poet wants to enjoy the life to the fullest . Love-making is one of the best enjoyable processes.So he persuades his beloved to plunge into the ocean of never ending love to make the full use of time. Rajesh Parui (M.A.ENG). Ghatal WB India

| Posted on 2012-01-23 | by a guest


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as we the students of english literature we come to know and appreciate the great poetic skill of browning .
In the present poem THE LAST RIDE TOGETHER we come to know the optimstic ideas of the poet wnd we have to appreciate the love and the efforts of the rejected lover. Along with it we will praise the nature of the lady who rejects the love. finally the whole poem looks like a silver lining in the life of the rejected lover.

| Posted on 2012-01-11 | by a guest


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the poem Last ride together is a poem of romantic of romantics where love is silent but heart is spaking its obsevation.
Koushik Bhattacharyya.
Ex student of Burdwan University
M.A ( English)
Now Kolkata

| Posted on 2011-12-23 | by a guest


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this poem is one of the master piece by Robert Browning.it shows the optimistic thought of the poet.i like it very much
FAIZA (M.A ENG)FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY.RWP

| Posted on 2011-04-24 | by a guest


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The Last ride Together is the masterpiece,the human beings should realize it is satisfactory for them if they are able to express true love to their lovers.

| Posted on 2011-04-24 | by a guest


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One of the noblest love lyric of Browning, it is a poem of unrequitted love expressing the noblest resignation. The lover accepts faith, has no despair, and is not disloyal to be ideal.
He is taking the last walk with his mistress, whom he loves, of course, and he knows that it is the last day they are together. He watches each and every thing about her, so as to entrap all the moments of joy within his memories.

| Posted on 2011-03-22 | by a guest


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The Last Ride Together is referring to the last time he had sex with his mistress before they went their ways. She rejects his love, but not the opportunity of thier lovers tryst they have been engaging it. This is the writers reflection on how he loved her, but took what he could get

| Posted on 2011-03-09 | by a guest


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Assalam o alaikum,here is Rabia Irshad
the last ride together is Browning\'s masterpiece.
It depicts true love
Thank you
Rabia Irshad from Mian Channu(3rd year)

| Posted on 2011-01-21 | by a guest


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I think it is a strage poem.. In which lover is acting in an unconventional manner.. Usually a common person does not react like the speaker of the poem.. For an ordinary person it is very insulting that someone rejects his love.. But here, he is talking,requesting and wishing to the lady..
Aleena. (M.A ENGLISH FUCLAS)

| Posted on 2011-01-09 | by a guest


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Syede shadab fatima is stupid girl of our class she is over confidence nd speaks too much loudly her views should not be acceptable she z soo hot nd sexy :-) syed qadir shah student of 3rd year sindh uni jamshoro

| Posted on 2010-10-16 | by a guest


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the last ride together is an artistic piece of art of brownings poetry. in which he realizes the true lover of that time who does nt want any other thing bt the some time with her beloved and want to enjoy these movements. SUMAIYYA AHMADANI STUDENT OF SINDH UNIVERSITY JAMSHORO SINDH PAKISTAN

| Posted on 2010-10-12 | by a guest


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it is a very fine piece of browning\'poetry.a very true lover of that time,he does not want anything except only few moments of her company.in very short periods of time,he lived a whole life.great!i salute browing for this lovely poem.VANDANA AJAY RATHOR,BETUL

| Posted on 2010-10-09 | by a guest


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love, tenderness, sensitivity, perfection, hope, exiticy, joyness, affection, hope and how to live a life in moments is shown in BROWNING,S poem THE LAST RIDE TOGETHER,,, no doubt it is in monologue form but BROWING while writing this poem is talking with his beloved in his heart don,t even knowing she also feels a deep affection for him in the same way he know that he loves her alot but don,t want anything back from her just a ride.... nevertheless it is not a life time ride but ride in which he is living his whole life....
MONA AZEEM LAHORE COLLEGE FOR WOMEN UNIVERSITY PAKISTAN...

| Posted on 2010-09-27 | by a guest


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love, tenderness, sensitivity, perfection, hope, exiticy, joyness, affection, hope and how to live a life in moments is shown in BROWNING,S poem THE LAST RIDE TOGETHER,,, no doubt it is in monologue form but BROWING while writing this poem is talking with his beloved in his heart don,t even knowing she also feels a deep affection for him in the same way he know that he loves her alot but don,t want anything back from her just a ride.... nevertheless it is not a life time ride but ride in which he is living his whole life....
MONA AZEEM LAHORE COLLEGE FOR WOMEN UNIVERSITY PAKISTAN...

| Posted on 2010-09-27 | by a guest


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Browning\'s Last Ride Together is a superb example of dramatic monologue.here browning shows the present time which is important becoz the past is lost future is not seen by any one its only present where we are.Browning believes that god has ctreated this life,earthly life is only probation for the path of eternal life.Achievement shouldnot be our prime concern.And this way browning is totally right,but it may be some different for that practical or so called worldly minded people.
kaderi kibria (Raiganj,U/Dinajpur)

| Posted on 2010-07-30 | by a guest


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I am sure if the writer would have replaced the word mistress with friend it would have been more palatable and amicable.The word mistress conjures up a damned picture!A touching way of man's passion that is rooted deep within... Hmmm.
Ambalicka Jacob. Patiala.

| Posted on 2010-06-28 | by a guest


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The poem of the last ride together has two meaning that are sexual meaning and love meaning . As we are students in -AL- AQSA UNIVERSIT, we should study the meaning of love but according to our morals . This poem deals with situation love between two lovers . Whereas, The narrator looks at this world optimistic vision becouse he can not reach to his hopes . He tries to reach his lovely but he can not . In same time, it deals with the conflict between classes of society . Whereas, the narrator lives the lower class but his lovely lives in the higher class so that,he can not arrive to her. TAREQ -EL-BARBARAWI IN AL AQSA UNIVERSITY

| Posted on 2010-05-25 | by a guest


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This is important to note that Browning studies all his characters in a crucial situation. His mastery lies in th fact that he brings out real characters under tremendous pressure.He sees how do characters behave in abnormal situation.Then,Some truths come to th tangible surface. This gives a vent to numerous psychological analysis.Under huge emotional, complex stress ppl behave something abnormal and suprisingly in modern science we detect reality from eccentricity or from incoherent attitude. . The poet could read modern mind well before some one else could think. . Sadiq Dhaka

| Posted on 2010-05-23 | by a guest


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Like Rabbi Ezra this poem has got an optimistic breath. Idealising love as a great source of consolation. I think like Shelly's West wind this poem usher in th possibility of an enlightened and like Arnold , th poet holds love as th only hope to guard against all types of imperfctions of life.It is a sweet poem which may give us momentary shelter to a better world than we do have. Sadiq Dhaka

| Posted on 2010-05-23 | by a guest


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Rabbi Ezra this poem has got an optimistic breath. Idealising love as a great source of consolation. I think like Shelly's West wind this poem usher in th possibility of an enlightened and like Arnold , th poet holds love as th only hope to guard against all types of imperfctions of life.It is a sweet poem which may give us momentary shelter to a better world than we do have. Sadiq Dhaka

| Posted on 2010-05-23 | by a guest


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This poem as a work of literature is exceptional, yet if we consider it in modern times this is certainly a peice of overstrained victorian romantic love poem which though depicts the love of the lover towards his beloved in extremism, gets seperated,never to be together again.
Yavanika x university,Noida.

| Posted on 2010-04-21 | by a guest


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This poem as a work of literature is exceptional, yet if we consider it in modern times this is certainly a peice of overstrained victorian romantic love poem which though depicts the love of the lover towards his beloved in extremism, gets seperated,never to be together again.
Yavanika x university,Noida.

| Posted on 2010-04-21 | by a guest


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the last ride together is a poem of an exeptional lover and he just wants to address that we should lead an optimistic life in any circumstances.please dont call him a fool

| Posted on 2010-03-04 | by a guest


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salam! this is azhar form karachi . I wana say that this poem is Browning's master piece.
form: Muhammad Azhar(M.A .English karachi)

| Posted on 2009-12-16 | by a guest


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Excellent poem, shows the way to be optimistic, in your grave adversities.
Gaurav (M.A.English)
Khalsa Collage (Amritsar)

| Posted on 2009-11-05 | by a guest


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The Last Ride Together is surely a wonderful creation of Browning.The past is surely lost,the future is unborn and unpredictable,so,it is only the present which really matters.One must not give way to despair on account of failure in love.This philosophy is excellently delivered by Browning in the poem.

| Posted on 2009-10-14 | by a guest


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The Last Ride Together is surely a wonderful creation of Browning.The past is surely lost,the future is unborn and unpredictable,so,it is only the present which really matters.One must not give way to despair on account of failure in love.This philosophy is excellently delivered by Browning in the poem.

| Posted on 2009-10-14 | by a guest


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the last ride together is a very optimistic poem in which poet is telling us to be happy and satisfied even if we unable to get what we want.its a very simple and a masterpiece of english poetry
aniket das gupta
m.a(english)
punjab university,chandigarh

| Posted on 2009-08-28 | by a guest


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" Last Ride Together' is a good poem to read but Browning's philosophy of love is not convincing at all. A lover gets rejected harshly and feels elated to have a last ride together with the babe!!?why? Is he a mad? If he feels so then we must agree that he doeen't love the girl at all.no instance, no example of hopefullness can console a true love who gets rejected.
Samarpan Das
English Dept.
Moinaguri College

| Posted on 2009-08-24 | by a guest


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RobertBrowning's 'The Last Ride Together' deals with an impossible situation in love making. No lover after being rejected by his lady-love can react so calmly and philosophically as the lover has done in Browning's poem. Either he did not love the girl at all. Or he might have been a hypocrite to justify his unreturned love. Or at best we may call him mad. His faith in Heaven is not clearly stated in the poem. In Browning's own life, such incident of rejection has not occurred. He loved, he came to propose and he conquered his beloved. He led a happy love life like Spenser or Donne. Usually such situation is fortunate in rare cases. The lover gets what he wants. Browning had no such personal experiences of frustrated love. So his portrayal of the lover's character is not convincing.
Dr.Ratan Bhattacharjee , Nagerbazar

| Posted on 2009-06-05 | by a guest


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this poem shows the optimism of Robbert Browning as he has shown in The Prospice. Where everybody weeps out at the time of sepretion Robbert tells us to feel like heaven at this time and we should enjoy this time as much as we can. we should not be disappointed after sepretion. we should keep this time of sepration as the best time of our relationship because we enjoyed it a lot.when we will keep this time as a sweet memory of life, this time will give positive energy only

| Posted on 2009-06-02 | by a guest


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the last ride is a sexual metaphor.it means a last sexual intercourse with his mistress.
with this in mind read again and you would agree.

| Posted on 2008-08-30 | by a guest




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