The poem “Patriot into Traitor” is structured around the themes of violence, death, and downfall from a high pedestal. Another underlying theme is the oscillation of human attitudes and behaviors.
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 flames, such flags they had,
A year ago on this very day.
The air broke into a mist with bells,
The old walls rocked with the crowd and cries.
Had I said, “Good fold, mere noise repels–
But give me your sun from yonder skies!”
They had answered, “And afterward, what else?”
Alack, it was I who leaped at the sun
To give it my loving friends to keep!
Nought man could do, have I left undone:
And you see my harvest, what I reap
This very day, now a year is run.
There’s nobody on the house-tops now–
Just a palsied few at the windows set;
For the best of the sight is, all allow,
At the Shambles’ Gate– or, better yet,
By the very scaffold’s foot. I trow.
I go in the rain, and more than needs,
A rope cuts both my writs behind;
And think, by the feel, my forehead bleeds,
For they fling, whoever has a mind,
Stones at me for my year’s misdeeds.
Thus I entered, and thus I go!
In triumphs, people have dropped down dead.
“Paid by the world, what dost thou owe
Me?”– God might question; now instead,
‘Tis God shall repay: I am safer so.
The poem “Patriot into Traitor” is structured around the themes of violence, death, and downfall from a high pedestal. Another underlying theme is the oscillation of human attitudes and behaviors. Browning has presented a psychological portrait of a political leader.
The Patriot harshly criticizes the essence of public opinion and the volatility of the public in general.
The poem ‘The Patriot’ has several tones throughout. Overall the tone is sorrowful and satirical at the same time.
In ‘The Patriot’ Browning explores themes that include duty, happiness, and sorrow.
The poem “The Patriot” by Robert Browning is a dramatic monologue. In this literary form , a character can freely speak up their feelings in front of the audience.