Treasure Island

Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came


My first thought was, he lied in every word,
That hoary cripple, with malicious eye
Askance to watch the working of his lie
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  • Christopher Gould (7/8/2013 3:51:00 PM)

    Its a wonderful poem is not it? Its full of imagery to suggest the subconscious and nightmares of the unhappy subject.He is irresistably drawn back to that in the past which has caused him guilt or unhappiness.This resonates strongly with me because I have the same personality trait myself. (Report) Reply

  • Warren Atherton (8/23/2006 3:14:00 PM)

    This is my favourite poem of all time. It has everything! Enchantment, mystery, chivallry, courage, daring, youth, magic...
    Apparently, I am not the only one to rate this poem (and Poet!) in the highest regard - one of the Masters of writing, Steven King wrote his whole 'Dark Tower' series because of this very poem! ! (Report) Reply

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