Can anyone help me analyze this poem?
Take the cloak from his face, and at first
Let the corpse do its worst!
How he lies in his rights of a man!
Death has done all death can.
And, absorbed in the new life he leads,
He recks not, he heeds
Nor his wrong nor my vengeance; both strike
On his senses alike,
And are lost in the solemn and strange
Surprise of the change.
Ha, what avails death to erase
His offence, my disgrace?
I would we were boys as of old
In the field, by the fold:
His outrage, God's patience, man's scorn
Were so easily borne!
I stand here now, he lies in his place:
Cover the face!
I know it is about a corpse of someone the speaker used to know, but I'm not quite sure what Browning is trying to say about death. Also, if anyone can tell me when this was written, that would be great.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/06/2009 09:53PM by Pauls!.
there's a bit about it here that may help:
Date is around 1855 - from his masterpiece of his middle period, Men and Women.
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