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Prospice Analysis

Author: Poetry of Robert Browning Type: Poetry Views: 2917

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Fear death?---to feel the fog in my throat,

The mist in my face,

When the snows begin, and the blasts denote

I am nearing the place,

The power of the night, the press of the storm,

The post of the foe;

Where he stands, the Arch Fear in a visible form;

Yet the strong man must go:

For the journey is done and the summit attained,

And the barriers fall,

Though a battle's to fight ere the guerdon be gained,

The reward of it all.

I was ever a fighter, so---one fight more,

The best and the last!

I would hate that Death bandaged my eyes, and forbore,

And made me creep past.

No! let me taste the whole of it, fare like my peers,

The heroes of old,

Bear the brunt, in a minute pay glad life's arrears

Of pain, darkness and cold.

For sudden the worst turns the best to the brave.

The black minute's at end,

And the elements' rage, the fiend voices that rave,

Shall dwindle, shall blend,

Shall change, shall become first a peace out of pain.

Then a light, then thy breat,

O thou soul of my soul! I shall clasp thee again,

And with God be the rest!


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Browning is a creative genius and there's no other way to put it

| Posted on 2015-12-11 | by a guest

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Browning's piece prospice as has already been deduced alludes to looking forward, in it a number of things can be noted with appropriate proof, firstly that our protaganist who may well be a construct that is meant to represent browning considering the context of brownings life at that stage in time, that the protagonist wishes to face death head on with almost a fervernt courage," I was ever a fighter....No! let me taste the whole of it, fare like my peers, the heroes of old,bear the brunt....Of pain ,darkness and cold", Browning in now way tries to glorify or epitomize death rather, he describes a somehwhat rigorous and painful death for all that it is, and claims that he wishes that the death that took the heroes of old may take him a way as well, no more no less, the poem suggests that our protagonist has acheived all he can in his earthly life, and not necessarily inviting death, but rather assuring the reader that when it comes, he wishes to meet it head on,this couragous idealism perhaps reflects Brownings state of mind at the time, stylistically it is very different from other porems of his such as porphyrias lover and my last duchess, there is a certain positive and eager tone to the ordeal, unseen in his other texts, again however this may stem from the events that were influencing Browning at the time..

| Posted on 2013-09-10 | by a guest

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Browning has lost his wife Eliz. Barratt and of course believes that he will be with her again in the afterlife. He\'s in no hurry to die and is not necessarily afraid of death, after all it comes to everyone. He is, however, expressing the wish that when it does come to him; he will meet it bravely and be able to lucidly experience the passing of the final curtain. It is a courageous wish. I, for one, hope that he succeeded. I can only hope that I will be as brave.

| Posted on 2012-12-28 | by a guest

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beda bandar pulapainr matha khaya laisos....ki leksos????
kisui buji na

| Posted on 2012-11-29 | by a guest

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ei bedar bou moira gesega irliga bedao moira jaite dorai na::: kita eta sata matha summary koite lagto na aapnerar

| Posted on 2012-11-29 | by a guest

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i think this poem shows that death is not the end of life but it is the beginning of another life.so poet is not afraid of the death because after this a beautiful life is waiting for him
where he will meet with his wife.

| Posted on 2012-07-26 | by a guest

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I think here Browning is talking about a life of a SOLDIER who is going to fight with his foe and he is collecting courage by thinking worse about death that DEATH will come only one time so why should I become afraid from it. I would not face it by bonding my eyes but I will face it but I will face like old heroes (his seniors who died in the fight). Then I would go beyond Pain, Darkness and cold and I would meet my soul\'s soul (Good.
By:- Bharat Suhagiya.

| Posted on 2012-04-08 | by a guest

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Browning is expressing his lack of fear for death because he can do so. He doesn\'t have to be afraid because he knows he is going to Heaven. People fear death because they do not know what comes after it, but Browning\'s faith in God, gave him the conifdence to be able to say that he has no reason to fear.

| Posted on 2012-04-05 | by a guest

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on my own point of view. browning wants to appreciate life.. and even death. because he reaches the summit of his career and he enjoyed life the happiest or even the worst of it.. so he decided that it was time for him to rest and be with his family

| Posted on 2012-02-10 | by a guest

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on my own point of view. browning wants to appreciate life.. and even death. because he reaches the summit of his career and he enjoyed life the happiest or even the worst of it.. so he decided that it was time for him to rest and be with his family

| Posted on 2012-02-10 | by a guest

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in this poem browning is explaining his transcendentalist view about life that instead of fearing and escaping death, he wants to face it like a brave soldier. he wants to take and fight his last fight bravely and as a reward, he will meet his beloved.
also he compares the death phenomenon to war where one has to fight like a brave soldier on front line. because it is death that turns the best men in to valorous one.

| Posted on 2012-01-08 | by a guest

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This is a fantastic affirmation of life as well as a fearless challenge to death. He wants to live life to the fullest, which includes embracing the end of one sphere of existence and the start of another. It is rather heroically set to music by Charles Villiers Stanford. I discovered it whilst researcing for a vocal recital based on Browning\'s poetry and am including it as an encore to the programme.

| Posted on 2011-09-30 | by a guest

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maybe it\'s simply him expressing his fear of death

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

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great poem. i think i dont have anything to say anymore. you guys explained it all already. ;)

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

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Prospice itself, means, LOOKING FORWARD. Robert Browning expresses his feelings to us all that he is moving on after the death of his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. He is NOT afraid of death, for he deems death as a GUERDON, meaning, REWARD. why ? because, he\'ll be able to see his loved one again.

| Posted on 2010-12-08 | by a guest

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we believe that Browning has seen his wife go through a battle of sickness, maybe \'cancer\". so in honor of his wife, he wants to go through the same battle his wife had failed to conquer

| Posted on 2010-09-21 | by a guest

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i think this poem is a tribute to his wife after hr death. browning philosophy of life is also unravel in ths poem. infact a master piece in literature . though there are many other poems having death as subject but prospice has an upper hand over all .the subject is universal though it is a subjective poem . according to browning life is a continous struggle, a battle & we should have to face all the hardships in a heroic manner even the death because the ultimate end of this battle is death so in this poem the poet is of the view that he will seek all the pleasures of facing death though it is the most difficult & hard phenomenon of ths earth but the poet says that he will face it in a heroic manner not cowerdly . The poem also depicts browning firm faith in God . the poet says that all our struggle would be rewarded by God either in this world in in the world here after.... as fr the poet death is nothing else but a transition from mortal to immortal world & thus a way by which we will be able to meet his wife once again....

| Posted on 2010-09-03 | by a guest

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the power poem of all times.
feel this "i was ever a fighter so one fight more
the best and the last"

| Posted on 2010-04-20 | by a guest

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No. He is NOT afraid of death. That's what it's all about. He knows that we are all going to die. But he wants to face the death and it appears that challenges is what life is all about.

| Posted on 2010-04-14 | by a guest

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the snow indicates seasonal archetype. it represents the end of a life like spring is youth, summer is growing, fall is recollecting, and winter is death. night also represents archetype of the day (end of life).
the last 2 lines appear somewhat hopeful; that he will see his darling elizabeth yet again in heaven.

| Posted on 2010-02-17 | by a guest

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i think this is a beautiful poem. yes it is about death but not it puts forward what we all fear.. death. hea starts the poem with a question. fear death? and even though he has lost someone to death, it has got him thinking about death. when we all lose someone the worst thought that comes to our minds is that we will die too and thats what hes is writing about,"even the strong man must go" we all have to face it some time. the title gives the poem an honourly touch it makes you feel like he had overcome something, he WAS depressed when his wife died but this is after the depression, its acceptance.

| Posted on 2009-12-07 | by a guest

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I think he wrote this poem because he is so depressed about the death of his wife. And he also feared DEATH which he called the "Arch Fear"

| Posted on 2009-09-01 | by a guest

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This poem is very boring i hate it! and i have to write an analysis on it [5 paragraphs]. anyone wanna help?!

| Posted on 2009-05-30 | by a guest

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this poems about the death of his wife.. and how he fears death himself..
its also showing how hes gotta be strong and cant live the rest of his life cryin like a bitch about how he misses her.. and sooner than later how hes going to join her in death.. "even the strong man must go"
The post of the foe;
Where he stands, the Arch Fear in a visible form;
Yet the strong man must go:
For the journey is done and the summit attained,
And the barriers fall,
Though a battle's to fight ere the guerdon be gained,
The reward of it all.
no matter what, dude, youre gonna die.

| Posted on 2009-03-17 | by a guest

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prospice means "to look ahead" not literally about fear of death.

| Posted on 2009-03-05 | by a guest

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The poem written by Robert Browning, after the death of Mrs. Browning it is said that the poet was left desolate but he overcame his grief and after few months wrote this poem. In This poem the poet describes his views about death and how he longs for death only because after death he will be able to be with his beloved wife forever.
The poem opens with a question- Fear death? The tone one gets is of mockery, as if death is some harmless thing and a weak or feeble enemy. Further he narrates how one feels death, choke to death and one can yet feel the mist in his face. Browning beautifully describes the scene as some solider is approaching his enemy, he refers death as the “Arch fear in a visible form” and he further refers that ‘yet a strong man must go’, the narrator here acknowledges that this is his last battle and so it may be the best, the narrator is not afraid of losing his fight to death because he wishes not to wait for death and let it creep over him slowly, and he even says that he would not like his eyes being bandaged or covered before dying (may be a practice for the prisoner of war) instead like his peers and heroes of the past he wishes to die bravely. The poet beautifully further adds that how for a brave man the moment of death feared by all turns into the best, and how the voices of devil heard does not evoke pain and fear but turn in to peace.
Its only here the reader comes to know that the solider though brave but is on a suicide mission, to meet his dead beloved who has mingled in god and thus will never be able to part again because only death can part true lovers, if they both had conquered death no one can part them. The last two lines also show the poets immense belief in God and the belief of all souls meeting with God and thus become one.

| Posted on 2009-02-24 | by a guest

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I think he wrote this poem because how he can face the arch fear talking about the poem.

| Posted on 2009-02-23 | by a guest

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the poem is about death and fear of death. robert browning felt sad after the death of his wife and at that moment he also feared death but he just offered his life to God. While God is up there we should not worry too much.

| Posted on 2009-01-22 | by a guest

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Prospice by Robert Browning showed how he sees death. For him, dying is like being inside a battleground where you have to fight again. So, he is still not ready to die. He is afraid of death. This maybe because of the death of his wife. In the end, he still submitted his self to God and allowed God to do whatevr He wants. =)

| Posted on 2008-10-15 | by a guest

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I think robert browing means that he was sad for the death of his wife but he also think that he wouldnt have to feel sorry because a strong man must die,I agree ...and also he was afraid to death that he describes how would you feel if you were put into death...thats all thank you

| Posted on 2008-10-07 | by a guest

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He wrote this poem after his wife died and he tells how sad he is that she is gone and he imagines what she must be going thru and tells how he fears death. He doesnt want to die and feels sorry for his wife because she died. I think that is what it's about anyway.

| Posted on 2008-05-13 | by a guest

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i think this poem is about the death of his wife and how he haas to be strong and face up to it and keep living his life as the poem says.. yet the strong must go. i also think that this thing we must do is stupid and this is long enough to be on this page because thats all the poem is about... so anyways hi, how are you? Im good i read this poem for a english thing and it's about i think this poem is about the death of his wife and how he haas to be strong and face up to it and keep living his life. so yah that's it buh bye

| Posted on 2005-09-30 | by Approved Guest

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