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A Woman's Last Word

Let's contend no more, Love,
Strive nor weep:
All be as before, Love,
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  • Terence George Craddock (3/2/2010 6:38:00 AM)

    Robert Browning in his poem ‘A Woman's Last Word’, is brilliant in achieved simplicity, with some exceptionally well written lines. The themes of love, sin, the fall, hurtful gossip stalking, anger, truth and reconciliation in the true speech of love; are beautifully entwined.
    Stanza II, the alliteration of ‘What so wild as words are? ’ with the metaphor of ‘I and thou In debate, as birds are, ’ contrasted with ‘Hawk on bough! ’ instead of the two doves of love is exquisite. The interplay of stanza IV and V, the tree of good and evil, reminds that Satan, the father of the lie, bound lies in truth; therefore we are advised ‘Where the serpent's tooth is Shun the tree-’. Browning immediately expands upon this with ‘Where the apple reddens Never pry-’, warning us not to eat the forbidden fruit of argument, ‘Lest we lose our Edens’ like the original Adam and Eve.
    The poem requires several thoughtful readings, or like a stone griffin untouched, we might miss the light, shining forth from the stars Browning has penned, if we do not raise our heads, to greater expectations.

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  • Joseph Poewhit (3/2/2010 6:10:00 AM)

    Touches on the nature of love very well. Like a clinging vine to a tree, a woman should be. Though, I see a little blasphemy sort of in using 10 verses. In using the 10 commandments of love.

  • Kevin Straw (3/2/2010 5:47:00 AM)

    An excellent poem, though perhaps too adult for many of the denizens of this site. The woman is sick and tired of bickering with her lover. She fears it will destroy their love. She will agree with him so long as he continues to love her as he did before this wretched quarrel. She will agree with his every word, so long as their love may stay intact, though as the title suggests her word is law in the relationship!

  • Ramesh T A (3/2/2010 12:40:00 AM)

    A birds' conversation like poem highlighting love safe! It's also Browning's poem on his favourite theme of love!

  • Michael Pruchnicki (3/2/2008 3:39:00 PM)

    Perhaps it is NOT Browning's best poem, that's true! But it beats hands down most of what I've read posted recently! Give Browning and me a break!

  • Natalie Griffin (3/2/2005 8:00:00 PM)

    Your poem is touching to people but NOT ME...............

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