Often I hear from the poetry blog “John Coyote”. A recent entry addresses many of the redeeming possibilities of poetry. I agree with the writer and share his hope that many new poets will step forward and issue from their hearts for the betterment of the reading public.
It got me thinking about a rather strange poem by Robert Browning. It takes us to what appears to be a Spanish community at the time of the death of the town’s most notable poet. It traces his eccentricities, his travels and observations, his lonely accommodations and his impact upon the high and low. Apparently as he wandered the streets and shops of the community with his observant eye, he took on somewhat of the role of Father Confessor. People were aware of his presence and assessment and influence.
It reminds me of the role of poet as philosopher, chronicler and social commentator in many societies of the past (Ireland, Ukraine, France, Russia come to mind) .
At one point in Browning’s poem he refers to the Corregidor, a Spanish word translating high magistrate or official. Funny that a man strangely dressed and housed, and given to odd imagery and idealism, would warrant such a title.
And Elizabeth B. Browning his wife also distinctly heard the call of Corregidor.
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Comments about this poem (Corregidor by Doug Blair )
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
Edna St. Vincent Millay
(22 February 1892 – 19 October 1950)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
(c. 600 BCE)
(27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953)
- The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
- The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
- Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
- A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
- Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
- Winter Solstice, Jacqueline C Nash
- The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
- If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
- As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
Poem of the Day
- Whatever The Outcome, Lawrence S. Pertillar
- I'm Scared Without You, Michael P. McParland
- Stars, Jordan Myrie
- farewell; to the lost love, ademola oluwabusayo
- I'll Always, Michael P. McParland
- Have Faith, Michael P. McParland
- Grace Me, Michael P. McParland
- farewell 'to the winter solders that los.., ademola oluwabusayo
- Soul, Jordan Myrie
- Goodnight Prayer(For You), Michael P. McParland