The Lost Leader

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  • The Lost Leader
    • Character
      • Browningis most likely the speaker, 2nd stanza we see how he really feels hurt, retaiating 'we' pronouns, they're fine without him,very seperate, 'we shall march prospering'
        • '-the rest bade aspire'
        • 'devils'-triumph and sorrow for angles' - contrast, martial, infernal dictions, God is judging him, hyperbolic sounding, moral wrong doing
        • Personal poem, he feels personally wronged
          • he allowed himself to admire Wordsworth, poem is about betrayal
        • trys to dissociate himself, 'us', 'you', childish, unsure how to handle his feelings, like in MLD, and PL
    • Layout
      • 2 stanzas, much shorter than other poems, not a dramatic monologue.
        • 1st is introductory (crime/betrayal)
        • 2nd is how he will pay, consequences
    • Imagery
      • forgiveness, martial, Biblical, anger, desperation
    • Rhythm
      • Ranty, Dactylic, like horses hooves- it's martial, whole troop against Wordsworth.
        • /vv/vv/vv/v
        • feels memorable menacing, aggressive,angry
        • Rhyme scheme irregular A/B, showing he is upset
    • Context
      • Browning did not like Wordsworth because he turned his back on political ideas for money , he was a sell out
        • Wordsworth become poet laureate, 'riband to stick in his coat'
    • 'Just for a handful of silver he left us'
      • 'handfull' suggests a small amount, that is wasn't worth it
      • Biblical allusion- Judas is a modle for some one who has fallen, he  gave away Jesus for 30 pieces of silver in Bible New Testament St. Matthew
        • Betrayal, materialism, obsessed, pursing something materialistic. Enslaved himself through money, 'He alone sinks to the rear and the slaves'
    • 'They, with the gold to give, doled him out silver' 'copper'
      • Mercantile language, betrayed them for money. He was blinded by money not very wise.
    • 'We that had loved him so , followed him, honoured him'
      • Tricolon, list of 3 rhythmically emphasises dactylic
    • 'Pardoned in heaven, the first by the throne!'
      • Christain forgiveness contrasts with anger, similar to Soliq. of a Spanish cloister
      • if Wordsworth wanted to come back he would tai whim, showing childish patheticness
    • if given this poem talk about how the ending doesn't really fit, shows ambiguity of human nature- interesting
  • Ranty, Dactylic, like horses hooves- it's martial, whole troop against Wordsworth.
    • /vv/vv/vv/v
    • feels memorable menacing, aggressive,angry
    • Rhyme scheme irregular A/B, showing he is upset

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