Robert Browning
London / England
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The Patriot

Rating: 3.1
AN OLD STORY.

I.

It was roses, roses, all the way,
With myrtle mixed in my path like mad:
The house-roofs seemed to heave and sway,
The church-spires flamed, such flags they had,
A year ago on this very day.
II.
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Libby Zurkow 09 November 2020
So appropriate in these days of Trump
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Andrea 05 September 2020
this is really helpful
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Stephen Holbrook-sishton 20 December 2009
'The Patriot' is about how the mighty fall after a period of exhilerating popularity. In a sense it is the experience of most celebs nowadays. One minute you're the very best the next - yesterday's news, only in Browning's case he's talking about a patriot. The crowds are behaving differently to the ones a year ago. Before, they were worshipping, now they're waiting for his execution. The patriots who fit the bill are many, JC included. A poem for all time.
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