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Grief Analysis



Author: poem of Elizabeth Barrett Browning Type: poem Views: 62

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I tell you hopeless grief is passionless,

That only men incredulous of despair,

Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air

Beat upward to God's throne in loud access

Of shrieking and reproach. Full desertness

In souls, as countries, lieth silent-bare

Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare

Of the absolute heavens. Deep-hearted man, express

Grief for thy dead in silence like to death—

Most like a monumental statue set

In everlasting watch and moveless woe

Till itself crumble to the dust beneath.

Touch it; the marble eyelids are not wet;

If it could weep, it could arise and go.






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I think Elizabeth wants to relate with those people who are suffering from different trauma and the poem is all about grief of herself.She is taking some outer vision to show her inner grief which she does not want to directly. She here talks about two kinds of grief, one is to show the outburst of grief and other is the grief in silence. But she cannot justify about her thought that either outburst is good or silence.

| Posted on 2016-03-02 | by a guest


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I think the pattern of the sonnet was an interesting choice. I can easily be over analyzing, but it's a poem so I'mma do it anyway, the pattern is more controlled in the octave(abbabba), using only two endings and larger words with air being the only one syllable rhyming word. While the sestet(cdecde) had three endings, that are only used twice. The sestet is less meticulous with 5/6 rhyming words being only one syllable (4/6 being 3 or less letters). I feel this rhyme scheme reflects the idea of a sudden loss changing a controlled rhyme pattern (or emotional state) to a less "passionate" rhyme scheme(or emotional state).

| Posted on 2013-07-23 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2013-03-02 | by a guest


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She mentioned about the 2 types of grief. The first is a grief tt built up anger. \"Beat upward to God\'s throne in loud access
Of shrieking and reproach\" - we often blame God or ask God when we feel sad; screaming in our heart.. Why must me? Why should me?
The second was the grief which is so deep tt we can\'t even move or do anything, just stay like a statue. This type of grief are emotionless. Hard to explain. Only God know.

| Posted on 2012-08-10 | by a guest


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I completely agree with MCD about true grief vs. synthetic grief and how the poem portrays both extremely well.

| Posted on 2012-05-10 | by a guest


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I\'ve enjoyed reading everyone\'s post about this poem. The responses are as varied as mankind itself. We all deal with grief in our own personal ways. Some may express it in stone-like chills and others may in fact have outbursts. Who is to judge which is true and which is not? What reflects reality is in truth versimiltude, dependent on an individuals experiences, attitudes and cultures. Reading the poem from my own unique perspective, I interpret the poem as a sadness expressed for those that know not how to hope after loss or how to release their grief. The first and last lines tower above the rest. If only there could be a release of that grief through weeping, then the soul would be able to move on with life and live with hope.

| Posted on 2012-02-23 | by a guest


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I would like to strongly agree with MCD and try to explain to the other commentators that they have misread Browning\'s meaning. She is not saying that one type of grief is \"right\" - she means that true grief for the dead renders the griever like a dead person, in that they do not scream or cry or rage at the world. Rather they are struck dumb, a still, faithful, silent monument to tragedy. If the monument i.e. the griever could cry, that would indicate that its grief is less severe and it would be able to leave its post as mourner.

| Posted on 2012-02-05 | by a guest


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When I read this poem, it automatically brings me back to the place of loss. She talks about the stages of grief, and how we might go through them in different ways. The first time I read it I thought that she was talking about coming out of grief, but the more I think of it, I see a dead body that cannot cry, but if it could, it would be alive.

| Posted on 2012-01-25 | by a guest


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I thnk this peom relates back to show how she felt when hern brother drowned.That it was unexpected but you should always know thiere is a better place for him now.

| Posted on 2012-01-13 | by a guest


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i think this poem is about war, soldiers who scream for their loved ones hoping the war will end. Half taught in anguish, soldiers only taught about how dying for their country is heroic but do not fully understand whom they are leaving behind they shriek because they can not be heard otherwise, and for what do they sacrfice there lives but the statues that are built in rememberence that can grieve no longer. deep hearted man...express your grief in silence, like the moment of silence we all take on the annerversery of ww1,2. If the satue could cry show physical signs of emotions then it could arise and go because it would be human. Almost a contradiction what type of grief is right and which isnt.

| Posted on 2010-11-15 | by a guest


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i think that living here in this world is just temporary so we should always be ready for everything because we might unexpectedly loose someone we love. it is just a normal thing for us to feel grief but it depends upon us on how we can stand again. let us keep on living because i believe that everything happens for a reason.

| Posted on 2010-02-19 | by a guest


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i think that living here in this world is just temporary so we should always be ready for everything because we might unexpectedly loose someone we love. it is just a normal thing for us to feel grief but it depends upon us on how we can stand again. let us keep on living because i believe that everything happens for a reason.

| Posted on 2010-02-19 | by a guest


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i think the first line is very important. If you do not have hope, if you do not have faith that this time will pass and your soul will heal and become whole once again, then you have nothing...no passion, no sorrow, and no true grief. VV NOT ME

| Posted on 2010-02-09 | by a guest


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I think this is really funny lol lol lol lol ahahahahahahaha

| Posted on 2009-02-22 | by a guest


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I think the first line is very important. If you do not have hope, if you do not have faith that this time will pass and your soul will heal and become whole once again, then you have nothing...no passion, no sorrow, and no true grief.

| Posted on 2008-12-31 | by a guest


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This poem exposes perfectly the difference between true heartfelt grief and the rather more common (especially today)synthetic reaction which people believe to be appropriate. Anyone who has suffered great loss through the death of a loved one - especially say, a child - will understand her point that weeping and hysterical outbursts are not what happens. What happens is the dull, aching, endless pain that seldom expresses itself in tears and wailing but more, like the marble statue, is ever present and unchanging. As she says, "if it could weep, it could arise and go" but true grief does not go. Compare this poem with "Time does not bing relief" by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The two together sum up exactly what is experienced by those who grieve. For the record, I have suffered the loss of a child and know of what I speak. I tell you, this poem is the only one I've ever read - and I've read many - which truly reflects reality. MCD

| Posted on 2008-06-16 | by a guest


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i think the poem first gives a very powerful meaning of grief. Telling how the soul screams crying in anguish to the heavens. Towards the end it talks about death and says to express your grief for it. For if you donít you will never be able to move on. It will be inside you forever. So cry and grieve, so you can move on.

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




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