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The Patriot Analysis

Author: Poetry of Robert Browning Type: Poetry Views: 749

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An Old StoryIIt 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!IIThe 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?"IIIAlack, 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.IVThere'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.VI 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.VIThus 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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Browning has deliberately presented us with a poem with large narrative gaps. As readers we are ignorant to the patriots crimes - therefore we do not have enough information to judge him. Instead we judge the crowd (society) and the moral corruption in society- the need for a hero, which we glorify and place on a pedestal and later on, the very same person is demonised by society. Browning is bringing forward the fickleness of human nature and the majestic portrayal of fall from authority and subsequent condemnation.

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