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Take the cloak from his face, and at first
Let the corpse do its worst!

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  • Harvey Wachtel (12/2/2013 8:38:00 AM)

    God's patience. That exquisite phrase says it all.

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  • Douglas Scotney (7/10/2013 9:15:00 PM)

    again death gets nothing much out of its behaviour

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  • Rubab Atwal (7/10/2013 6:05:00 AM)

    what a wonderful poem.....................

  • Carlos Echeverria (7/10/2012 10:01:00 AM)

    This poem has the intense drama of classic film noir. Browning may be describing the aftermath of a duel; its consummation vividly drawn (pun intended) .

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (7/10/2012 7:31:00 AM)

    Yes, the personality we do feel of the poet by his last command...Cover the face...As if done. As if we have come across the horizon of death. Yes, the poet, only the poet could cross the black-hole perhaps....Just in the beginning, when he writes...How he lies in his rights of a man! , surprise begins. Yes, we should have to acquire the right of man even to lie as final sleep. Just imagine reader, lying also needs the right of a man and the tragedy lies in the fact when we see even now large number of people on the surface living without any right to live..................Any way, significant smart writing indeed.

  • Paul Brookes (7/10/2012 6:03:00 AM)

    I love the rhythm of this piece and the description of how someone feels at the death of a once friend and how it changes everything. But I don't understand it. However sometimes maybe its good just to enjoy. I'm probably one of the people Mr Pruchnicki would drown himself over. Still we can't all be genius'.

  • Marilyn Hochfield (7/10/2011 7:32:00 PM)

    An awfully good poem: the dramatic voice of the poem so skillfully rendered!

  • Hans Vr (7/10/2011 7:46:00 AM)

    I interpret this poem as Browning seeing the corpse (not too fresh a corpse) of one of his childhood friends with whom he had many differences of opinion. Now in death, none of these still seem to matter, nor for the deceased, not for Browning there standing by his side. Death brings us to another dimension where other things matter than here on earth. That was what Browning could feel while looking at the face of the dead man.

  • Manonton Dalan (7/10/2010 3:07:00 PM)

    the author fancied himself to be a detective who is pursuing this
    man and called upon to identify the body... of course what good
    does corpse do... he express his frustration 'his offense my disgrace'
    ; death erase everything... hmmm... book 'em dano... oops! cover
    'em up dano.

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