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The Laboratory Analysis



Author: poem of Robert Browning Type: poem Views: 184


ANCIEN REGIME

I

Now that I, tying thy glass mask tightly,
May gaze through these faint smokes curling whitely,
As thou pliest thy trade in this devil's-smithy—
Which is the poison to poison her, prithee?

II

He is with her; and they know that I know
Where they are, what they do: they believe my tears flow
While they laugh, laugh at me, at me fled to the drear
Empty church, to pray God in, for them!—I am here.

III

Grind away, moisten and mash up thy paste,
Pound at thy powder,—I am not in haste!
Better sit thus, and observe thy strange things,
Than go where men wait me and dance at the King's.

IV

That in the mortar—you call it a gum?
Ah, the brave tree whence such gold oozings come!
And yonder soft phial, the exquisite blue,
Sure to taste sweetly,—is that poison too?

V

Had I but all of them, thee and thy treasures,
What a wild crowd of invisible pleasures!
To carry pure death in an earring, a casket,
A signet, a fan-mount, a filigree-basket!

VI

Soon, at the King's, a mere lozenge to give,
And Pauline should have just thirty minutes to live!
But to light a pastille, and Elise, with her head,
And her breast, and her arms, and her hands, should drop dead!

VII

Quick—is it finished? The colour's too grim!
Why not soft like the phial's, enticing and dim?
Let it brighten her drink, let her turn it and stir,
And try it and taste, ere she fix and prefer!

VIII

What a drop! She's not little, no minion like me—
That's why she ensnared him: this never will free
The soul from those strong, great eyes,—say, "No!"
To that pulse's magnificent come-and-go.

IX

For only last night, as they whispered, I brought
My own eyes to bear on her so, that I thought
Could I keep them one-half minute fixed, she would fall,
Shrivelled; she fell not; yet this does it all!

X

Not that I bid you spare her the pain!
Let death be felt and the proof remain;
Brand, burn up, bite into its grace—
He is sure to remember her dying face!

XI

Is it done? Take my mask off! Nay, be not morose,
It kills her, and this prevents seeing it close:
The delicate droplet, my whole fortune's fee—
If it hurts her, beside, can it ever hurt me?

XII

Now, take all my jewels, gorge gold to your fill,
You may kiss me, old man, on my mouth if you will!
But brush this dust off me, lest horror it brings
Ere I know it—next moment I dance at the King's!

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Kim, i\'m pretty sure a student with an a* would be able to spell the word \'dumber\' correctly, and also be able to grasp the basics of english grammar - your sentences don\'t make sense!
great poem though!

| Posted on 2012-09-02 | by a guest


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Kim, if we look at the fouth line of the 10th stanza \"He is sure to remember her dying face!\" It is a man, not a woman, so therefore, we know she had a male partner.

| Posted on 2011-07-12 | by a guest


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In terms of Anthology poetry it doesn\'t come much better than Browning.
The speaker in The Laboratory is so skillfully revealed; the emotional position and the course of action she has decided upon so accurately represented.
I enjoy the use of imperatives in stanza 3;
Grind away, moisten and mash up thy paste,
Pound at thy powder,—
they are not used to urge speed in the preparation for the following words are \'I am not in haste!\' Rather these words reveal her engagement and enthusiasm for the activity, she\'s excited by the activity in the laboratory and the events to which they will ultimately lead.

| Posted on 2011-05-05 | by a guest


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Or kim, maybe it was simply - Elise and Pauline were BOTH her lovers lovers, and she was going to kill them both to cause her lover as much pain as possible, rather than killing them. Man if you want to go on about your intelligence you should know by now that grades are not a meassure of intelligence, but knowledge. Do not critisize people\'s initial abilty to analyze a poem, if it is not your own initial analysis. And even so, you yourself stated that you TEACHER told you that, showing your inability to analyze the poem yourself. Oh i just feel like adding, she let the alchemist kiss him, not because she was horny, but because she was willing to give away all to exact her revenge, hence why she also gave away all of her possessions.

| Posted on 2010-11-07 | by a guest


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Yall got it all wrong. Pauline is her lovers lover and Elise is her LOVER. she let the man kiss her because she was HORNY!!! THAT WAS WHAT MY TEACHER SAID! SHE GOT 14 A* AND SO DID I OK?? SHE NEVER KILLED THE MAN AFTER THE POEM ENDED BECAUSE SHE WAS STILL IN THE LAB! CAN YOU PEOPLE GET ANY DUMMER??? LIKE HELLO READ FOR GOD SAKE BE4 ASKIN THT DUMB QUESTION ANY WAY BAK TO THE SUBJECT SHE IS ONLY IMAGINING WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE AT THE END OF THE POEM SHE LEAVES THE LAB AND THEN IT IS FINISHED AND IT LEAVES YOU WONDERING DID SHE ACTUALLY KILL THEM? OK I GOT AN A* FOR MY ANALYSIS YOU CAN FIND IT ON MY AMZING WEBSITE
Xx Kim xX

| Posted on 2010-09-20 | by a guest


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I am so dum i am going to fail english i do not use adult enough words when i write and just dont get english altogether.

| Posted on 2010-09-07 | by a guest


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so did evryone like this book, i thought it was good

| Posted on 2009-10-12 | by a guest


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it is very personal and vicious and quotes that instead of being at the kings dancing she is making the poison which is quite sad.

| Posted on 2009-05-18 | by a guest


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I Love this poem, it's built on an foundation made of jealousy and Hate! The Use of the first person narrative also gives us an glimpse of the character state of mind! It's also quite ironic, the poisoner is poisoning her victim, she then says "beside, can it ever hurt me?" she doesn't even know that she is poisoned already poisoned with jealousy.

| Posted on 2008-06-29 | by a guest


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I love this poem it offers so much insight into the mind of someone hurt by a lover and i simply adore the time before now!
Human?
Think so, weird!

| Posted on 2008-04-20 | by a guest


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I LOVE THIS POEMS, IT INDICATES MANY FACINATING IDEAS AND HOW THEY USED TO DO STUFF IN THE OLD ERA.
NO IM NOT A HUMAN - WTF??

| Posted on 2008-02-01 | by a guest




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