Robert Browning
London / England

After

Rating: 3.1
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!
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COMMENTS
Dr Antony Theodore 22 April 2020
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.. very fine. Browning is a great poet.. tony
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Mahtab Bangalee 03 February 2020
I stand here now, he lies in his place: Cover the face! .........//// outstanding writing
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Adeeb Alfateh 03 February 2020
I stand here now, he lies in his place: Cover the face! great write 10++++++@3333
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The sad feeling from the poem which is about the death and that too from the great poet. exquisite.
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Kayelyn 29 April 2019
Its more of how adults can make rash and terrible mistakes like children.
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Harvey Wachtel 02 December 2013
God's patience. That exquisite phrase says it all.
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Douglas Scotney 10 July 2013
again death gets nothing much out of its behaviour
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Rubab Atwal 10 July 2013
what a wonderful poem.....................
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Carlos Echeverria 10 July 2012
This poem has the intense drama of classic film noir. Browning may be describing the aftermath of a duel; its consummation vividly drawn (pun intended) .
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Pranab K Chakraborty 10 July 2012
Yes, the personality we do feel of the poet by his last command...Cover the face...As if done. As if we have come across the horizon of death. Yes, the poet, only the poet could cross the black-hole perhaps....Just in the beginning, when he writes...How he lies in his rights of a man! , surprise begins. Yes, we should have to acquire the right of man even to lie as final sleep. Just imagine reader, lying also needs the right of a man and the tragedy lies in the fact when we see even now large number of people on the surface living without any right to live..................Any way, significant smart writing indeed.
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Pranab K Chakraborty 10 July 2012
Yes, the personality we do feel of the poet by his last command...Cover the face...As if done. As if we have come across the horizon of death. Yes, the poet, only the poet could cross the black-hole perhaps....Just in the beginning, when he writes...How he lies in his rights of a man! , surprise begins. Yes, we should have to acquire the right of man even to lie as final sleep. Just imagine reader, lying also needs the right of a man and the tragedy lies in the fact when we see even now large number of people on the surface living without any right to live..................Any way, significant smart writing indeed.
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