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Evelyn Hope

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Beautiful Evelyn Hope is dead!
Sit and watch by her side an hour.
That is her book-shelf, this her bed;
She plucked that piece of geranium-flower,
Beginning to die too, in the glass;
Little has yet been changed, I think:
The shutters are shut, no light may pass
Save two long rays thro' the hinge's chink.

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Susan Williams 11 January 2016

I'm thinking that Evelyn Hope is a metaphor for Hope or Youth while the narrator is Reality or Old Age. Most of it can be read that way. Otherwise, it sure looks like an old man stalking a young girl and then it's all creepy and this Polly-Anna is going to read it her way or no way. There's enough creepy in the world w/o curling up in an arm chair reading it.

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Elizabeth Fry 20 November 2011

He was much older than her and drawn to her beauty, though she be dead. He recognizes her as a soul mate and thus notes that they will be, nay, must be together someday-some future age. If not for that interpretation this is just plain creepy.

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Hira Ali 02 December 2008

In this poem by Robert Browning purity of emotions is discussed at length.This poem is a dramatic lyric.Evelyn Hope is the name of a girl who is dead now and the lover is sobbing at her death and expressing his feelings of love for ' Beautiful Evelyne Hope'. I feel this is an abnormal love.The lover doesnot open his lips until the death of his beloved.I think he should have expresed his love instead of waiting a lot, expression of feelings is very important for a self.

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Michael Morgan 11 January 2016

Trust an American to find creepiness in a pure sentiment.

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Kim Barney 11 January 2016

If Hope is dead, We've much to dread! Sorry. I must agree with Elizabeth Fry. A fifty-plus year-old man expressing his love for a dead sixteen-year-old girl does border on the creepy.

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Disturbed individual 10 September 2020

This poem is so creepy an old guy stalking a young girl who doesn't even know her. And he sings by her corpse. Men are trash indeed

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Mahtab Bangalee 01 May 2020

Given up myself so many times, Gained me the gains of various men, Ransacked the ages, spoiled the climes; ....superb expression; great poetic writings

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Ethan 22 March 2019

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Sylvaonyema Uba 14 February 2017

That body and soul so pure and gay? Well communicated and expressed. Sylva

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