See note on line 160. Let it brighten her drink, let her turn it and stir, And try it and taste, ere she fix and prefer! The Roman god of wine, frequently invoked in the garnishment of Latin and Italian speech. Again do we detect a marked interest in the spectacle in Browning? The desertion of the liberal cause by Wordsworth, Southey, and others, is the germinal idea of this poem. A house by the bridge, said to be Shylock's, is still pointed out to visitors. Such mixture of Christian and Pagan elements was a common feature in Renaissance art and literature.
What is the meaning of the legend? Karshish, still half ashamed of his interest in the marvellous story he has to tell, first gives this as a pretext, and then, in the next lines confesses. It is one of the happiest pieces of Browning's lighter work. The entire lyric is a single stanza long, covering a single moment in a short span of time. Marcus Tullius Cicero, the Roman orator, statesman, and philosopher. Hersey New York: Harper, 1887. Ferrara still preserves the mediaeval traditions and appearance in a marked degree.
Where does it seem effective?. What imagery in the poem is especially effective? For only last night, as they whispered, I brought My own eyes to bear on her so, that I thought Could I keep them one half minute fixed, she would fall Shrivelled; she fell not; yet this does it all! Hood New Haven: Yale University Press, 1933. What does he mean in line 40? We can't even tell the speaker's gender yet. It's a technique Browning used a lot. What things aggravate his hatred? What key to the situation in the first line? In Cristina, the typical break-up is presented from a unique, yet still relatable perspective. Abib, to whom the letter is sent.
Whether or not her victim dies from ingesting the poison, we do not know, but she shows no remorse and is obviously determined to go through with her murderous plan. Reference is here made to his observations of the heavenly bodies while meditating on religious things. That spiffy poetic technique is called , and Browning uses it quite a bit in this poem. What two ideals are contrasted in Napoleon and the boy? An Italian painter, of the Florentine school; born 1487, died 1531. What, in general, is the meaning of the poem? What evidence is there that his imagination is struggling to recall the old memory? In allusion to the fact that Dante freely consigned his enemies, political and personal, living or dead, to appropriate places in his Inferno and Purgatorio. Criticise the taste shown here. The title of the sovereign of Hyderabad, the principal state of India.
See the classical story of Amphion and the walls of Thebes, Coleridge's Kubla Khan, and Tennyson's Gareth and Lynette, lines 272-274. Browning's optimism lays hold sometimes of the present, sometimes of the future, for the fulfilment of its hope. One of the leaders of Parliament, known principally for his resistance to the illegal taxations of Charles I. The son of a wealthy banker, Robert Browning the elder had been sent in his youth to make his fortune in the West Indies, but he found the slave economy there so distasteful that he returned, hoping for a career in art and scholarship. Why is he sad when his music ceases? Michael Angelo 1475-1584 , one of Italy's greatest men: famous as sculptor, painter, architect, and poet. Tylor's Primitive Culture and Early History of Mankind give interesting accounts of the religions of savages. So to preserve the moment and his prize, the speaker happily strangles her, describing the act with the same sort of sensual language that he opened with.
She then looks at a blue liquid in a 'soft phial', finding the colour 'exquisite'. It is, however, distinctly inferior to it in clearness, vividness of feeling, and lyric sweetness. I'll be posting reviews of my favourite eateries, most of which will be in the south of England. Much can be conjectured from Browning's masterful subtly. Which of the two men is better fitted for the condition in which he is placed? These were the emblems of Athena Roman Minerva , the goddess of wisdom and of warfare. Are we aware of the ironic juxtaposition between the sacred and the profane? Why does the poem take place in a laboratory? And this achievement Browning has undoubtedly performed. How does he show his devotion to his art? Latin for burden, difficulty, annoyance.
How was he at first treated? The narrator appears to be a woman, which is not obvious in the opening stanza, but becomes so as the poem advances. He had a sister, Sarianna, who like her parents was devoted to her poet brother. Where is the climax of his creative vision? How does the coloring harmonize with the artist's mood? After all, an asymmetrical pattern bespeaks an asymmetrical mind. And yonder soft phial, the exquisite blue, Sure to taste sweetly,---is that poison too? What ideals are thus compared? Any love, even true love, has some small root in the concept of ownership. Note the dramatic effect in the last stanza. In allusion to the close-cropped hair of the Puritans.
Note the abruptness and vigor of the style. In the fourth stanza the narrator comments on the ingredients of the poison. He served in the King's army during the civil war. What clew to it does his life afford? Something of the same idea appears in My Star. Prince of the Palatinate 1619-1682 , and nephew of Charles I. What moral quality does it seem to have? Note the climax in line's 55-57.
Had I but all of them, thee and thy treasures, What a wild crowd of invisible pleasures! The scene is the Roman Campagna. Let it brighten her drink, let her turn it and stir, And try it and taste, ere she fix and prefer! In the figure that follows, what do the moor and the eagle's feather stand for? She is unconscious of the influence she exerts. Browning uses alliteration in a cluster of three to describe how the narrator wants the other woman to suffer the effects of the poison, in the phrase 'Brand, burn up, bite'. What is the claim of Pheidippides--as Browning presents him--to memory as a hero? Browning also wrote several plays intended for the stage, along with closet dramas; however, he was not suited to be a playwright. How is Browning's departure from the legend a gain? What advantage has old age? The use of the adjective 'invisible' means that just a tiny amount would be required. The setting suggests the life of art students in Paris, or in some Italian city.
Grind away, moisten and mash up thy paste, Pound at thy powder,---I am not in haste! One of the leading members of Parliament. Baldassare Galuppi, Venice, 1706-1785, a celebrated musician and prolific composer. What change has been wrought in him? Of the poets who excelled in such a category, Robert Browning comes to mind. By what means is his heroism emphasized? Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519 , another of Italy's great men: artist, poet, musician, and scientist. Compare with lines 65-72, 77-84, and 103-4. Is he deterred by physical or moral fear? The scudo is an Italian silver coin worth about one dollar. The lower world; the place of night and the dead.