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The Patriot Analysis



Author: poem of Robert Browning Type: poem Views: 66


An Old Story

I

It was roses, roses, all the way,
With myrtle mixed in my path like mad.
The house-roofs seemed to heave and sway,
The church-spires flamed, such flags they had,
A year ago on this very day!

II

The air broke into a mist with bells,
The old walls rocked with the crowds and cries.
Had I said, "Good folks, mere noise repels—
But give me your sun from yonder skies!"
They had answered, "And afterward, what else?"

III

Alack, it was I who leaped at the sun,
To give it my loving friends to keep.
Nought man could do have I left undone,
And you see my harvest, what I reap
This very day, now a year is run.

IV

There's nobody on the house-tops now—
Just a palsied few at the windows set—
For the best of the sight is, all allow,
At the Shambles' Gate—or, better yet,
By the very scaffold's foot, I trow.

V

I go in the rain, and, more than needs,
A rope cuts both my wrists behind,
And I think, by the feel, my forehead bleeds,
For they fling, whoever has a mind,
Stones at me for my year's misdeeds.

VI

Thus I entered Brescia, and thus I go!
In such triumphs, people have dropped down dead.
"Thou, paid by the World,—what dost thou owe
Me?" God might have questioned; but now instead
'Tis God shall requite! I am safer so.

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Take of it what you will. But it is about the rise and fall of a leader/ patriot

| Posted on 2014-04-27 | by a guest


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I think it 'The Patriot' is a symbol for the one ring of power and the 'roses' represents Gollum, and his quest for the retrieval of the one ring. Emhphasised by Gollum's catchphrase 'Roses Precious'. The 'Good Folk' represents the Hobbits in the Shire, but to read this at an obscure level is definelty wrong, it is rather very ironic and, as everyone knows, the hobbits are evil creatures who care for nobody but themselves. In the end i think the Hobbits get their comeuupance, 'people have dropped down dead' and the rhyming couplets relfects the fall of the Hobbits. Gollum is 'safer so' as he can now live at peace in the lava with the One Ring Of Power with Sauron, Saruman and Lurtz.Browning was a big fan of the Lord of the Ring franchise as any simpleton would know.

| Posted on 2014-03-10 | by a guest


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I passed my exam by writing that this is about BoyZone in the 90's and how they made a comeback from behind the scenes of society and eventually had a great fall (Like humpty dumpty)BoyZone were, and still are, the most underratted boyband in the world. One Direction are the devil and I got a B+ in my exam by writing this so I'm pretty sure I'm right. It is most definetely NOT about Jesus or anything biblical, it is about one boyband's rise to the top!

| Posted on 2014-01-30 | by a guest


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At first, I was disappointed and irritated to see the stupidity of the comments below - namely, the nonsensical lyrics about Hercules. However, upon musing over the matter for a while, it occurred to me that the song is actually rather relevant to Browning's poem. Like Hercules, the patriot became a celebrated figure and was soon revered by his peers. However, unlike the mythological hero, our narrator experiences the opposite: hero to zero, if you will. Thus, I applaud the commenters below for their whimsical insight!

| Posted on 2013-11-25 | by a guest


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Hercie, he comes
He sees, he conquers
Honey, the crowds were
Going bonkers
He showed the moxie brains, and spunk
From zero to hero a major hunk
Zero to hero and who'da thunk
Who put the glad in gladiator?
Hercules!
Whose daring deeds are great theater?
Hercules
Is he bold?
No one braver
Is he sweet
Our favorite flavor
Hercules, Hercules,
Hercules, Hercules
Hercules, Hercules

| Posted on 2013-11-25 | by a guest


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When he smiled
The girls went wild with
oohs and aahs
And they slapped his face
On ev'ry vase
(on ev'ry "vase")
From appearance fees and royalties
Our Herc had cash to burn
Now nouveau riche and famous
He could tell you
What the Greecizns earn.
Say amen
There he goes again
Sweet and undefeated
And an awesome 10 for 10
Folks lined up
Just to watch him flex
And this perfect package
packed a pair of pretty pecs

| Posted on 2013-11-25 | by a guest


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bless mah soul herc was on a roll, person of the weekin evry greek opinion poll, what a pro, herc could stop a show, point him at a monster and youre talkin SRO he was a no one a zerOH ze3rOH now hes a honcho he IS A HEROP here was a kid with his act down pat from zero to hero
in no time flat zero to x bitch pls finger snap*

| Posted on 2013-11-25 | by a guest


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it doesnt actually say he dies he cud be rescud at the end?? maybe he is jesus and he doesnt die dos he?? like doesnt he come back to life. srsly ur all stupid if u think he dies, this is so obviios

| Posted on 2013-11-25 | by a guest


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Tthis reminds me of hary poter becaus HE WAS AHERO AND NOBODY LIKED HIM. IM EMOTIONL OH GOD
no but "god" is a bit like Dumbledore because he;s like a big peresenc at the end && also "myrtle, mixed in my path" MOANING MNYRTLE. don't u see?? omg I was right it is about haryr potter!!! Robert browning is a big HP nerd hahahah! I bet he was a hfflepuff lol btw im ravenclaw. also "rain" it does rain in harry potter like when harry is inside and it rains against the windo and Neville was crying or something??

| Posted on 2013-11-25 | by a guest


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also no h8 plz i am a #brownie and a#frostie so i just won at loif so h8ers back offf

| Posted on 2013-11-25 | by a guest


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srsly dont yu think this iz abuze it iz a bit nasty 2 ty sum1 up and mak them go in the rain i know i dpont lyke going in the rain so whi did yu make him go in the rain. also 'flinging styonez' izn't a nyce thing 2 do. yu r narsty peapole

| Posted on 2013-11-25 | by a guest


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its about jesus you can tel because the word "church " is in the poem. fruthermor Robert brownie was religos. & his wife was in drugs.

| Posted on 2013-11-25 | by a guest


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srsly dont yu think this iz abuze it iz a bit nasty 2 ty sum1 up and mak them go in the rain i know i dpont lyke going in the rain so whi did yu make him go in the rain. also 'flinging styonez' izn't a nyce thing 2 do. yu r narsty peapole

| Posted on 2013-11-25 | by a guest


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'The Patriot' reminds us of the experience of all great heroes who have come forward to sacrifice their life the humanity. They will do what was assigned by the birth and will be fetching even the sun for the people. Alas! at last he will be fettered and will be dragged in the streets commemorating the agonized experience of Jesus. Here Browning portrays the fate of a patriot, but makes him hopeful of the world which await him. A typical poetry for Browning's human delight!

| Posted on 2013-11-17 | by a guest


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The power of a politician ultimately relies on the people and though a politician is a servant of the people, ironically, the people are willing to serve him \"And afterward what else?\"
However, the patriot in question had apparently fufilled his duty and \"leaped at the sun to give it my loving friends to keep!\" In spite of this self-sacrifice, the good deeds are seemed to off been forgotton and we\'re brought back to the morality of the poem.
Is our species destined to deprecate the servants itself chosen? after willingly offering to serve the servants? I think this is poem can be pecieved much more than a matter of politics, it is a matter of personal contridiction and the vehement impersonality of fickle, erratic public opinion.

| Posted on 2013-05-16 | by a guest


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The homodiegetic first person narration is deployed by Browning in order to explore and question the morality behind the fickle nature of public opinion.
You\'re welcome.

| Posted on 2013-05-15 | by a guest


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chronological-starts with him in power and ends with him being sent to his death. this emphasises his downfall.
How its sequenced, starts in the action of movement and celebration, this is used to keep readers intrigued.
past tense-sense of remanising memories,
dramatic monologue, first person naration, these are method used by browning to to tell the story!!! helpful for the aqa exam!!!

| Posted on 2013-05-14 | by a guest


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The poem is about human predicament.Good deeds are not often rewarded or appreciated in this world. People with
religious belief find solace in the hope that they will be rewarded with paradise. The poet has effectively used
the metaphor of calcification Jesus Christ and the poem reminds the life of Gandhiji,Lincon etc.
[HUSSAIN VALAPRA]

| Posted on 2012-10-06 | by a guest


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This poem is very interseting.Its ambiguity allows a large range of interpretations to the meaning. It may be that Browning is portraying the fickleness of human nature as the patriots deeds are forgotten as \'nobodys on the rooftops now,\' versus the faith to God not leaving in bad times as humans do. However, it may also be about the consolement humans find in feeling accepted and glorified, as is suggested by the use of dramatic monologue and the symbolism of the patriot and Jesus, which hints at a sense of self-absorbance and the bitterness of being rejected from society.
AS Lit x

| Posted on 2012-04-27 | by a guest


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i find this poem quite pointless to be honest, it doesnt really reflect anything; it has no relevance to real life and in my opinion is one of Brownings worthless poems

| Posted on 2012-04-01 | by a guest


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Summary \"Patriot into Traitor\" by Robert Browning
“Patriot into Traitor” is a very interesting but a tragic poem, which focuses the rise and fall of leaders in the contemporary politics. It is a dramatic monologue. Dramatic monologue is a literary device in which a character freely gives vent to his feelings in front of the audience in order to reveal the inner working of his mind. He talks to the audience aloud and tells us how was acclaimed at one stage and put to a tragic end at another. It is a poem, which exposes the political changes in the third world countries in which patriots are branded as traitor in coups.
The poet says that just a year ago when he entered the city, people welcomed him warmly and decorated his paths with roses and myrtles. There were sounds of bells resounding in the air and people had flocked together to see the great leader who performed great deeds for his nation. The people were so happy and excited that if the leader had demanded the sun, they would have brought it down from the skies for him and said, “What else do you want?” This was such a favorable political situation for the leader a year ago.
After a year a run, the scene is totally different, the most favorite and popular leader of the nation is branded as traitor. There are no people on the housetops now. Just a palsied few are at the windows looking at the leader. All the people have gone to the Shambles’ Gate and are standing at the very foot of the scaffold to see him die. He is being taken there to be hanged. It is raining heavily and his hands are tied with rope. His forehead is bleeding because whoever has a mind throws stones at him. He undergoes physical as well as mental torture. After all this treatment, the leader, however, is optimistic and consoles himself with the remarks that his services to the nation will bring fruit in the heaven when he will ask God for reward and God will redeem him.
Robert Browning’s monologue is a superb example of current political upheaval and changed public opinion. The writer wants to suggest that nothing remains the same in the world politics. It is a world of self-interest and selfish people who, for individual benefits, may go against the common good of the country.

| Posted on 2012-03-21 | by a guest


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Even though the poem THE PATRIOT is an old poem it reflect the present condition of the society. from this it is clear that browning had a high vision of the future. First the man was branded by the name \"HERO\" he, like a candle decresed to nothing by giving the society light. At first he was given red carpet welcome. In his leadership the condition of society become good, but some didn\'t like that. They transformed the ideas given by the hero in other meaning to the society and made him the enemy of the society. this represent to the life of jesus christ his rise and fall. and at last the poet was taken to the scaffold by the same people who gave him the red carpet welcome. but he was not sad of his men doing becoz he knew that he will be more safe an sound in the heaven near the god, than being in the midst of this crucial eyes. that shows the poet believe in the life after the death. BY ANTON GEO K, DON BOSCO H.H.S MANNUTHY, KERALA, INDIA.

| Posted on 2012-01-12 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2011-11-13 | by a guest


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\"The Patriot-An Old Story\" definitely has all the qualities of a dramatic monologue. In this poem Browning succeeded in presenting the theme of fickleness of human nature. The patriot was a hero to the people in the town, but later his deeds were counted as \'misdeeds\'. He was taken into the scaffold to kill, but even at that time he had shown the faith to god.
It is typical Browning poem.
Remesh, India

| Posted on 2011-11-09 | by a guest


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This poem is highly advanced with a lot of literary languange which shows the sort of zeal Browning has for his faith. Such that even the patriots death is unmarked and he accepts his fate knowingly that he will be accepted in heaven. Also take note that society is easily changed, initially branding the patriot as a hero and cherishing him to ineveitably sentencing him to death.
Mr T

| Posted on 2011-10-21 | by a guest


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This poem is about a man who has done every possible things for the betterment of his country peoples but the peoples misunderstood him and rewarded him to death.and now he consoles himself by saying that though he didnt got any fear judgement in this world he will get it by the god in the life after his death.

| Posted on 2011-09-10 | by a guest


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if you read this poem or get someone to read it to you, then the ideas browning uses can suggest he is writing about jesus and his time on earth think about the rise and fall of christ our saviour and how his forehead bleeds because of the thorn crown he wears his cross \"By the very scaffold\'s foot, I trow\"

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


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Why do poets choose to be so obscure? A little more clarity would endear them to a larger section of readers. Who is this soldier? What are his misdeeds of a year?

| Posted on 2011-08-01 | by a guest


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An old story- has indications that this is a timeless event that has happened both in the past present and foreseeable future.
the use of a flowing rhyme scheme demonstrates how easily things have come undone. As the tone of the poem shift easily from the past to present.
the numbered stanzas may reflect counting up to the death of the patriot, marking the stages that proceeded his execution.

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest


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This poem represents how fickle and misguided the public can be. This man (the patriot) who was once branded as a hero and was cherished and could achieve anything that he desired in a short space of time has become rejected and sentenced to death. The character reflects over his time and rather than openly admitting that he his being sentenced for the wrong reasons, seem to accept that the sanctions being placed upon him are correct - demonstrating that he may be weak willed and easily persuaded (rather like the rest of the public.) However, there is still a sense of optimism inside of him - represented by the final paragraph, which is almost like an epilogue where he talks about how he is waiting at God\'s gates to be judged. He says that he shall be safer in heaven, and therefore this shows that deep down he must believe that he is morally correct - despite what the public believe. There are examples of pathetic fallacy in this poem which help to shift the tone of the poem from light to dark very quickly. Furthermore there are lots of examples of religious imagery which signify the Patriots sense of traditionalism but also his sense of hope. Although this is \"an old story\" you could argue that this poem is very representative of our society today, and this idea of having \"15 minutes of fame\". This poem arguably was ahead of its time and is a perfect example of Browning\'s precise and delicate skill in dramatic monologues.

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


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A poignant depiction of the fickleness of public opinion; this poem
ranks with the best of Empson and Auden in cataloguing the ebb and flow
of human affairs (specifically, politics). The first line has, of
course, passed into the language, but the entire poem is skilfully and
delicately constructed. The fifth stanza, I think, is my especial
favourite - simple, yet remarkably touching. One could say the same
about the poem as a whole.

| Posted on 2010-11-25 | by a guest


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The theme of the poem \'The Patriot-An old story\' by Robert Browning is \"THE RISE AND FALL OF FORTUNE\".This poem is the fine example for the impoverished public.This poem also teaches us that happiness will never longs and every man has to face the rewards for all what he has done in his lifetime.

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


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The theme of the poem \'The Patriot-An old story\' by Robert Browning is \"THE RISE AND FALL OF FORTUNE\".This poem is the fine example for the impoverished public.This poem also teaches us that happiness will never longs and every man has to face the rewards for all what he has done in his lifetime.

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


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The poem covers a time span of a year.Browning's patriot has not changed during the passage of this one year,but his people have;or their perspective has.The very same eyes that looked admiringly at him now have contempt in them.The patriot is pained by their attitudinal change.The thought that he would be paid in the other world offers him some relief.
Lekshmi P S
Kottayam

| Posted on 2010-07-23 | by a guest


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The patriot - An Old Story is typical of Browning in the sense that it reflects his obscurity, deep religiosity and robust optimism. The loose phrses like "all allow", the deliberate use of archaic words like alack, trow etc., beside rendering a taste of oldness, are perfect examples of Browning's obscurity wihich has baffled readers throughout the world. The fact that despite the treacherous fickleness shown by the mob, the Patriot has still optimistic belief that he would be safer in heaven, shows the poet's optimism and religiosity. The biblical taste in the lines "For they fling, whoever has a mind, stones at me..." is truly Brownian signature.
The Patriot - An Old Story has a kaleidoscope of visual and auditory images. The roses and myrtle flowers mixed like mad, the old walls rocking, the church spires flaming, the air breaking into mist with bells are images par excellence. The tone of the poem is thus celebration and enjoyment.
It then shifts to a promise made by the crowd. When the patriot asked them to fetch the Sun from the yonder skies, which is surely an impossible task, the crowd replied in a frenzy - what next to be done. It shows the immense faith and belief he could nurture in the masses those days.
Along with the narrative, the tone shifts to the palsied few, shambles' gate, scaffold's foot, bleeding forehead. The shift in the tone imparts the gravity of the catastrophe in store for the hero, a year after! The ironical balancing of the events and tonality is perhaps the reason why this poem became one of the most anthologized - not to mention the universal appeal it has!
By Krishnakumar M Menon, Kerala, India.

| Posted on 2010-03-20 | by a guest


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The patriot is a representation of the fickle nature of public opinion. Browning represents the idea of naivity and the influenced morals of society. He represents the idea of politics influencing opinion and how perseption is irrelevent as it is misguided. The patriot is not hesitating his fate and doesnt seem to fight it, this mirrors the idea of Brownings era, people new they could not opose the state of society and accepted the ever changing view of morality.

| Posted on 2009-05-19 | by a guest


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The patriot, shows the fragile state of moral and public opinion. It represents the fickle nature of Brownings era and how judgements are naive. The patriot has accepted his fate and doesnt show any fight against his punishment. This mirrors the idea of this era and the submission to power and its opinion.

| Posted on 2009-05-19 | by a guest


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The Patriot is a dramatic monologue typical to Browning's other monologues in which the significant event has already taken place before the narrative is told. The protagonist named in the title as 'The Patriot' reminisces of a time when he walked through streets of roses and myrtle (a weed that villagers would have has access to) which were thrown in his path in a celebratory fashion after he has returned from a war. The places described show a significant change in setting, the poem begins retrospectively looking back at a village square or street and then to the scene of the patriot's death where we presume he is to be stoned to death for committing some sort of traitorous deed, or perhaps no longer sharing the correct ideals as the current leaders of state. The narrative finally shifts to him being judged at Gods gates. The entire poem sums up the absolute pointlessness of war and how such a respectable character can fall from grace within the short time of a year as well as the seemingly easy transition from hero to villain.

| Posted on 2009-05-13 | by a guest


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The poem depicts the return of a soldier returning from the war. We learn that a year later the public are led to believe he is a traitor due to some political turmoil, reflecting the naivety and malleability of those at home. Striking a similarity with Wilfred Owens 'Disabled'... "some cheer him home but not as crowds cheer goal" Browning fails to specify a time or place, suggesting the poems universal applicability to the futility of war.

| Posted on 2009-05-08 | by a guest


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It is a poem of reward and punishment, the soldier returned home after the war and had a magnificent welcome however time passed and things changes and people are now convinced he is a traitor and they turn their backs on him at the end of the poem he believes he is safer with God then he ever will be on this rock.

| Posted on 2009-04-04 | by a guest




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