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Love Among The Ruins Analysis

Author: Poetry of Robert Browning Type: Poetry Views: 2911

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Where the quiet-coloured end of evening smiles,

Miles and miles

On the solitary pastures where our sheep


Tinkle homeward thro' the twilight, stray or stop

As they crop---

Was the site once of a city great and gay,

(So they say)

Of our country's very capital, its prince

Ages since

Held his court in, gathered councils, wielding far

Peace or war.


Now,---the country does not even boast a tree,

As you see,

To distinguish slopes of verdure, certain rills

From the hills

Intersect and give a name to, (else they run

Into one)

Where the domed and daring palace shot itsspires

Up like fires

O'er the hundred-gated circuit of a wall

Bounding all,

Made of marble, men might march on nor bepressed,

Twelve abreast.


And such plenty and perfection, see, of grass

Never was!

Such a carpet as, this summer-time, o'erspreads

And embeds

Every vestige of the city, guessed alone,

Stock or stone---

Where a multitude of men breathed joy and woe

Long ago;

Lust of glory pricked their hearts up, dread of shame

Struck them tame;

And that glory and that shame alike, the gold

Bought and sold.


Now,---the single little turret that remains

On the plains,

By the caper overrooted, by the gourd


While the patching houseleek's head of blossom winks

Through the chinks---

Marks the basement whence a tower in ancient time

Sprang sublime,

And a burning ring, all round, the chariots traced

As they raced,

And the monarch and his minions and hisdames

Viewed the games.


And I know, while thus the quiet-coloured eve

Smiles to leave

To their folding, all our many-tinkling fleece

In such peace,

And the slopes and rills in undistinguished grey

Melt away---

That a girl with eager eyes and yellow hair

Waits me there

In the turret whence the charioteers caught soul

For the goal,

When the king looked, where she looks now, breathless, dumb

Till I come.


But he looked upon the city, every side,

Far and wide,

All the mountains topped with temples, all the glades'


All the causeys, bridges, aqueducts,---and then,

All the men!

When I do come, she will speak not, she will stand,

Either hand

On my shoulder, give her eyes the first embrace

Of my face,

Ere we rush, ere we extinguish sight andspeech

Each on each.


In one year they sent a million fighters forth

South and North,

And they built their gods a brazen pillar high

As the sky,

Yet reserved a thousand chariots in full force---

Gold, of course.

Oh heart! oh blood that freezes, blood that burns!

Earth's returns

For whole centuries of folly, noise and sin!

Shut them in,

With their triumphs and their glories and the rest!

Love is best.


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| Posted on 2011-04-18 | by a guest

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Love Among the Ruins is based on a contrast between past and present. It speaks of a great city that once stood where sheep and merely ruins now stand. The speaker prefers the carpet of grass that lies where roads once were where armies marched to their fate. The glory of those men came and went. The battles fought and deadly games played were only temporary entertainment and pleasure. Where they played and battled, where their towers once stood tall and powerful, now stands a single little turret. Where a king once looked over a city, a girl now waits, looking at the same spot, though it has changed. There is nothing left of what was fought for, what was won; there is nothing to show for all the blood that was shed. All of that returns to the earth. Through this poem the author expresses that love, a true feeling and emotion is endless and more prominent than any material object or sin. Browning concludes that present love is worth more than past glories.
-Querida Selena

| Posted on 2005-11-28 | by Approved Guest

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