Poet: Carl Sandburg
Manitoba Childe Roland
Year: Published/Written in 1918
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Mar 3 2015
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Comment 7 of 9, added on April 14th, 2014 at 1:54 AM.
In â€śChilde Roland to
In â€śChilde Roland to the Dark Tower Cameâ€ť by Robert Browning, it is difficult to say wethehr Childe Roland is a representation of a failure or not because his journey seemed doomed to fail from the very beginning of the poem. The title of the poem informs the reader that the hero is a man yet to be knighted. Browning does not present him in an ideal manner or describe him as a superior being of any kind. Our first impression of Childe Roland is one of paranoia as he expects the old man giving direction to be a fraud and take pleasure in his lies. We immediately doubt that he will fulfill his quest when he takes direction from the man who he previously deemed a liar. He continued on in the direction the old man pointed while doubting his honesty, â€śYet acquiescingly I did turn as he pointed, neither pride Now hope rekindling at the end descriedâ€ť (lines 15-17).Childe Rolandâ€™s quest involves traveling through a wasteland, a setting Browning fills with images of death and desolation, â€śSuch starved ignoble nature; nothing throve: For flowers as well expect a cedar grove!â€ť (Lines 56-57). Browningâ€™s graveyard setting doesnâ€™t allow for hope that Childe Roland will succeed in his journey. We donâ€™t fully believe that the obstacles which he encounters are real. Other dramatic monologues such as â€śPorphyriaâ€™s Loverâ€ť and â€śMy Last Duchessâ€ť Browning ask his audience to question the psyche of the protagonist. In â€śPorphyriaâ€™s Loverâ€ť our hero murders Porphyria for reasons that are not apparent, but likely because of her female sexual desires. In â€śMy Last Duchessâ€ť we learn the duke murdered his late wife because of her flirtatious nature. Having knowledge of Browningâ€™s attempts to explore the sadistic minds of murderers in other dramatic monologues, it makes us suspicious of Childe Rolandâ€™s mental state. Although Childe Roland does not explicitly murder a woman in his dialogue, we still wonder wethehr he is fully sane or not. Many hardships that he faces could be figments of our heroâ€™s imagination as he wanders through a wasteland looking for the Dark Tower which the reader knows nothing about. Although the ending of the poem is rather ambiguous, it is unlikely that Childe Roland is successful.
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