Child Rolande to the Dark Tower Came
(poem by Robert Browning, Victorian)
• tragedy = King Lear - only powerful tragedy if spend time in mindset of tragic figures of stories
• King Lear - feeling death of other fellow knights, renounced position as king & father, words can't express his despair
• poem meant to understand collapse/despair
- influences Stephen King & Tolkien (Mordor)
• landscape important
• dramatic monologue - used slightly differently, "have to read "against grain", rather abstract to understand whats going on"
• No Hope - going through wasteland, going to tower (like Frodo & Sam)
• if only to fail as they (other knights) did, no hope, but accomplish at least where they accomplish, band of brethren he hopes to have same fate (even though not good)
• powerful imagery - Victorian style
• not sure if actual terrain or just dream in his head
• H20 inhabited by (bodies?), spirits (Tolkenesque, accounts of war)
• dark and frightful imagery - "hell" for him"
• Ending : he arrives at dark tower, tone at very end - Acceptance of fate - blowing horn, engage in fight, announces presence, some Defiance almost : sees others fates, knowledge of death, but goes on,
-Defiance tempered with Resignation
• why are brethren recalled?
blow horn for and do deed for them too
• ambiguity : in voice of speaker, real vs. unreal, self doubt/anxiety (193,94)