This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Love Over Material Glory Essay

1368 words - 5 pages

Robert Browning lived and wrote during a time of radical changes. England was becoming a large city and the Origin of Species of Darwin had made a lot of people question the old bases of morality. The increasing wealth, product of the industrial revolution, boiled down to consumerism and materialism. Although many people became wealthy many more were in deep poverty. Robert Browning explored these issues in his poetry. "Love Among the ruins," for instance, criticizes the morality of a city of magnificence and superposes the endurance of love over it.The poem has a very witty structure. It is made of seven stanzas. Each stanza is made of six couplets and each couplet is made of long iambic lines that alternate with short three syllabus ones. The short lines not only rhyme rounding up the couplet but also point up or emphasize the idea started in the previous line. The rhythmic fluently provided by the very ingenious rhymes make this poem easy to remember and pleasant to read. This made the content of the poem easy to deliver in the readers' mind.Browning contrast past and present images all along the poem. The first lines, for instance, set a beautiful rural image of the horizon when the sun is setting, full of color with the last rays of day's light. "Where the quiet-colored end of evening smiles, / Miles and miles..." (1-2) then the set becomes pleasantly calm and peaceful. "On the solitary pastures where our sheep / half asleep / Tinkle homeward… (3-5). All this peacefulness contrasts with the noise of a crowded disappeared city "great and gay" (7) that once stood at the same place where now nature has taken over. "The contrast between past and present, which is the core of the poem, is reinforced by devoting one half of each stanza to the past and the other half to the present." (Abrams: 1365)In the second and third stanza, the poet emphasizes the description of the disappeared city as magnificent, and contrasts it with the simplicity of nature that prevails. In line (13), nature "does not even boast a three" where a powerful and strong city had a "domed and daring palace that shot its spires / up like fires" (19-20). Moreover, the first couplet of the third stanza powerfully reduces such city to a carpet of grass. "And such plenty and perfection, see, of grass / Never was!" (25-6)Also in the third stanza the poet criticizes the society of the city in a moral religious context. "Men breathed joy and woe…" (31). People who lived in sin could only find superficial satisfaction and pleasure in their pursuit for glory and wealth but that pleasure was equally experienced as woe."Lust of glory pricked their hearts, dread of shameStruck them tame;And that glory and that shame alike, the goldBought and sold." (33-6)These two last couplets of the third stanza evoke the deadly sins of lust and greed and how they corrupted the hearts of men in large cities and empires such as Rome and United Kingdome.Even though it is not specified, there...

Find Another Essay On Love over Material Glory

Call of Duty Essay

1676 words - 7 pages ’ desperation for glory stems, not from protecting his comrades or even his own life, but from feeding his own childish ego. Even after Agamemnon sends Odysseus, Ajax, Phoenix to dispel the demigod’s rage, Achilles rejects Agamemnon’s offer in light of his offer of both material treasure as well as the return of Briesius’s daughter. Surprisingly, Achilles tells the trio, “… if you’ll take the time and care to see me off, and you will see my squadrons sail

"The Iliad" and the Pursuit of Honor and Glory

1408 words - 6 pages . Even after his mother warns him that he will die young and unhappy, he decides he would rather win glory than live a long, peaceful life. Later in book 9 he says, "Mother tells me, the immortal goddess Thetis with her glistening feet, that two fates bear me on to the day of death. If I hold out here and lay siege to Troy, my journey home is gone, but my glory never dies. If I voyage back to the fatherland I love, my pride, my glory dies... true

Traveler in the Dark

2422 words - 10 pages hindrance to their current relationship. The death of Mavis had opened a wound for Sam that, in turn, affects the relationship between Glory and himself. Glory had always kept in mind that Everett had favored Mavis over Glory any day to be his daughter –in-law, she had feared that some of the feelings Sam’s father has of her had rubbed on to him. Although Mavis had died from a tumor, if it were not for her marrying Sam, he would have pursued an

The Analysis and Comparison of the Themes of "Beowulf", "The Odyssey" and Other Related Epics

2553 words - 10 pages reader through a world of adventure.Although all four pieces of literature I selected are epics containing more than onetheme, my focus is on one specific theme for each that relates to "Beowulf" and "TheOdyssey". The theme that I'll most focus on for "The Iliad" is the theme recognition. Thistheme in "The Iliad" is closely related to the glory and celebration of war and is " thepredominance of military glory over family". As far as recognition

The Evolution of American Self

1101 words - 4 pages The American Self is the common character and values of American people which evolved depending on governmental philosophy, religious belief, and economical aspiration from beginning of its formation to the present. Any of the change in the above factors would contribute to the evolution of the American Self. Over time, the American Self changed from communalism, whole hearted religious faith, and interest in material goods to individualism

Essay on Hector as the Ideal Homeric Man of Homer's Iliad

1392 words - 6 pages does the spirit urge me on that way" (VI, 387-391). He continues to say that he is compelled, as a man, and as a hero, "To stand up bravely, always to fight in the front ranks of the Trojan soldiers, winning my father great glory, glory for myself." (VI, 393-395). This is the contract between the hero and society: in return for his protection he will be granted glory, both in the abstract and the material sense. This is the hero's obligation; an

Popular Culture's Secular Influence on the National Culture

609 words - 2 pages to be "fun" and "enjoyable." As pop idols influence much of the population, the ideas expressed through their music leave a lasting impression. Popular culture influenced enough to have an effect upon national culture by causing a change in the material that schools teach. by influencing society, the secularized views are also now represented in the political level. The debate over what children should learn in school is a continuing issue

Knowledge Of Sin

1057 words - 5 pages they had come to believe in God’s love, they would have been saved. However, Statius had such fear in his own self; this must mean that although he did want to pursue God’s love, he was restraint by his fear. In other words, he valued his human form a smidge more than he trusted in his faith, another form of avarice Statius displays with God. This is so because the sole purpose of the soul is to disconnect from all material things and prepare for the glory of God’s love, and Statius has yet a lengthy journey before he fully comprehends this.

Assumptions About Proper Behavior

1241 words - 5 pages war. As explained on page 61 line 350, a women was to be loved and cared for. A warrior was expected to love their women regardless of how he obtained her, and Achilles does so. The problem was that the women Achilles references is the women Agamemnon stole from him, in doing so he afflicted Achilles glory and honor which is why he offers the gifts. Agamemnon realizes the importance of Briseis and was willing to return her, swearing he never

Ed Zwick’s Glory - An Exemplary Model for Historical Films

2303 words - 9 pages Thanksgiving and treatment of the Native Americans to instill in us a greater pride for our ancestors, our country, and our history. One chapter of history that has been severely altered is the African-American’s role in our nation’s Civil War. Glory revisits and sheds truth on this episode of our past. Our history books tell us in elementary school that the Civil War was between the North and South over slavery, which is an inherent myth in

A review of glory, includes biographical information on Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington as well as an analysis of three published reviews

1799 words - 7 pages thecamera love someone, he has more of it than any one personshould.'(Maltin, 921) It is that presence that earned him anOscar for Glory and nominations for his roles in Cry Freedom andMalcolm X.Equally as important as acting to the impact of the movieGlory is the Musical score composed by James Horner. In thefinal battle scene in Glory, Horner chose the Boys Choir ofHarlem which creates a moving effect during the death of Col.Robert Shaw.(Magill

Similar Essays

Ib English Written Assignment On The Sailor Who Fell From Grace To The Sea English Assignment

1924 words - 8 pages further expresses his ideas of glory through the sea, subsequently, after another night with Fusako. Ryuji once again begins to examine his true feeling and it is apparent that, “He hadn’t been able to explain his ideas of glory and death … or the other dark passions chocking the ocean’s swell” (Mishima 38). With this quotation, dark sea imagery highlights the correlation that Ryuji makes with glory and death. Ryuji is unable to fully fall in love

Augustine And Love Essay

990 words - 4 pages about love. Love is when you care deeply about someone and will do anything for them. Thinking about sexual desires and physical attractions are defining lustful ideas. Is Augustine talking about different kinds of love?      Augustine states that he wants to be forgiven for the corruption of his soul so he can love God again. He also states whatever pleases you, you should love Him who created it. “If material things

Review Of Business For The Glory Of God

1134 words - 5 pages a great way to glorify God. God did not solely give America the need to possess material things; he gave America the need to provide them still. Genesis 1:28 teaches us, “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”" To subdue the world we have a tendency to take hold over it and

Symbols And Symbolism Of Chaim Potok's Promise

754 words - 3 pages possess the rose, having grown it ". . . within a garden fair . . ." (1).  This is symbolic of a love that is purchased by means of gifts or material contentment.  Also revealing a selfish love, the gardener looks to the rose to fill his (or her) needs, thinking ". . . how, with the glory of its bloom, / [he] should the darkness of [his] life illume;" (3-4).  The gardener gives further evidence of ownership when he declares, "My rose