Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

A Grammarian's Funeral Shortly after the Revival of Learnin


Let us begin and carry up this corpse,
Singing together.
Leave we the common crofts, the vulgar thorpes
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  • N Chenier (4/23/2013 2:19:00 AM)

    Mark, don't you think Browning's use of lofty is tongue and cheek, in a form-over-substance kind of way? This piece has always struck me as a fond farewell to the over-zealous grammarian, gentle in its teasing- but teasing nonetheless. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Jensen (1/2/2013 10:53:00 PM)

    For some reason the full title and subtitle aren't given. Title: A Grammarian's Funeral. Subtitle: Shortly After the Revival of Learning in Europe. Date: 1855.

    Interestingly rigorous meter: alternating lines of 10 and 5 syllables.

    This poem will not appeal to the masses, I suppose, but that's its point, isn't it? Learning, by creating a tradition that can accumulate from age to age, transcends death and propels the scholar into a kind of greater life loftier than the world suspects. (Report) Reply

  • Subbaraman N V (9/20/2007 1:28:00 AM)

    One of the greatest of the poems that I have enjoyed while at college.
    Still remains green in mind. (Report) Reply

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