The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


A(a) How does Browning tell the Bishop's tale in line 1-44?

A(b) "Browning poems reveal a morbid fascination with death" discuss this view

At the beginning of the lesson we described the components of Dramatic Monologue...they were:
  • Speaker who's not the poet
  • A listener
  • An occasion
  • Interplay between speaker and listener

Afterwards we read the poem, "The Patriot", describing a mans life once his fame has died out. As the Patriot is a short poem, we then read "The Bishop orders his tomb" discussing the Bishop's choices on creating his tomb to be remembered.


  1. The patriot:

    Fickle minded public (changes from loving to hating the character)

    The Bishop orders his tomb:

    Religion, death, beauty

  2. I can only wish this blog was posted in time for me to find the Homework...! I love how the Patriot describes an almost alternate reality warped simply by the passage of time~ but still displays both sides of the story. The Bishop poem however captures my attention due to the way it is so hypocritical of the Bishop's role in the religious order.

  3. These two poems were a real good read. The Patriot shows how precious reputation is and The Bishop Order His Tomb is most likely dealing with coming to terms with death.

    Chris W