Prospice

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    • Context
      • Elzabeth and Robert Browning, inward looking as a couple, intense, dependant relationship, he is waiting for Heaven where he can be reunited with the woman who was his soul
      • 'Prospice'- to look forward or to be watchful Elizabeth died in 1861
    • Layout
      • 'The post of the foe;' plosive sounds
    • Imagery
      • Religious, death, sadness, anger, weakness
    • Character
      • This is an intensely personal poem when his wife died, like LL
      • 'Yet the strong man much go:'
        • physiological battle not real battle
      • 'And the elements' rage the fiend -voices that rave', he uses religious diction
    • Rhythm
      • Predominantly anapaestic rhythms, alternating rhyme, taling about wanting to die, but regular? odd
    • 'Fear death?- to feel the fog in my throat,
      • rhetorical question, 'fog' like he is crying, 'The mist in my face', unsure setting, does;t know what to do, pathetic fallacy, 'When snows begin', symbolic= coldness, cold body
        • gothic setting, Frankenstein, fighting elements, chasing the monster, Arcitic
    • 'Through a battle's to fight ere the guerdon be gained, The reward o fit all'
      • Reward is for it all to stop, links to Bishops. Also links to LL idea of fighting, lost his support of his wife
    • 'I would date that death bandaged my eyes-', describes himself as a wounded solider, arrogant to take on death? He doesn't want to become a feeble man he wants to embrace death
    • He really want sot be with her soon, represented by repetition, 'Shal dwindle, shall blend, Shall change', his wife is alive in another form
      • 'I shall clasp thee again', 'thee' was an intimate away of addressing someone and he believes inHeaven as he believes he will see her again
        • 'And with God be the rest!'
          • final line is more tender  language, seeking peace, links to Toccata Gal. contrast between hyperbolic/tender/gentle language, again death is not the end, oddly hopeful, Bishops?

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