Characteristics of Browning's Dramatic Monologues

Topics: Optimism, Soul, Life Pages: 2 (866 words) Published: December 7, 2010
“She might have hated,- who can tell? Where had I been now if the worst befell? And here we are riding, she and I” Moreover the speaker universalizes that failure is common to all human beings. “Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds?” Even he argues and exemplifies that his achievement is not less than those of many other men in the world: The statesman’s devotion to the problems of the country gets the inadequate reward of a short obituary. The speaker says, My riding is better, by their leave.” The poet arranges beautiful descriptions in the form of rhythmical verse only through imagination and does not get rewarded sufficiently for his efforts. While, the speaker says, The musician grows old composing music; he is only praised that the music is great. But this praise does not last long. Because “in music we know how fashions end!”. But, the speaker says, “I gave my youth-but we ride, in fine.” Thus Browning holds positive approach to the present that may be worst. His approach can prove a tonic for the tired minds. “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the last was made:” Actually human life is an organic whole- both youth and old age are equally important for human life; our times are planned by God. Browning’s optimism stresses on the constant struggle of human life. The Rabbi says, Moreover, According to Browning, life’s value lies not in achievement but in aspiration, in spiritual condition that distinguishes human from animal and it is struggle which can lead to achievement and to spiritual development. The Rabbi says, “Shall life succeed in that it seems to fail: What I aspired to be, And was no, comforts me: A brute I might have been, but would not sink i’ the scale.” “Earth being so good, would heaven seem best? Nor blank, it means intensely, and means good.” Rather, the soul may not be the body, the breath is not the flute, but...
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