In the fourth stanza, the speaker thinks about how Brother Lawrence is coveting two women who sit nearby talking. The speaker is certain of his enemy's lust, even if the latter won't "let it show. He chastises to himself Brother Lawrence for not placing his fork and knife in the shape of a cross or drinking his juice in three gulps to represent the Trinity, both actions the speaker believes pay glory to Christ and which Brother Lawrence refuses to do.
In the sixth stanza, the speaker imagines a conversation with Brother Lawrence, who is pruning melons that will provide a dessert for the monks. The speaker imagines asking about the flowers, which Brother Lawrence presumably confesses are not doing well, and then the speaker reveals that he's been sabotaging their progress.
In the seventh stanza, the speaker moves to darker territory as he realizes that a "text in Galatians" explains how a sinner will sin progressively more and be damned for it. The speaker concocts a plan to "trip him" into sin right before he dies, so that Brother Lawrence will then be sent to hell. In the eighth stanza, the speaker considers using his French novel, which presumably is full of lewd content, to entice Brother Lawrence into impure thoughts that will ruin his enemy's piety and prepare him for damnation.
The final stanza has the speaker considering even selling his own soul to Satan for the pleasure of thereby damning Brother Lawrence. As his fantasy escalates, the vesper bells ring and the speaker angrily ceases his hateful imaginings to report for prayer. Analysis One should approach this poem, which was published between and as part of Browning's Bells and Pomegranates series, as a humorous piece. Certainly, it's full of both dramatic irony and comments on serious themes like most of Browning's dramatic monologues, but the speaker's emotions and mode of address are so heightened that it's obviously meant to amuse as much as inform.
The basic premise of the poem is suffused with dramatic irony. The speaker, anonymous outside his vows as a monk, despises Brother Lawrence from some unspecified envy, though he rationalizes his envy under the guise of piety. Hypocrisy is observed within the persona throughout the poem. The speaker of the poem the monk tries to convince the reader of his being just, a moral man.
One of the manners he employs to pass his message is through telling the reader of the special little things he does to demonstrate his faith. This is clearly observed in lines 33 through 41 set 4, for instance "When he finishes reflection, Knife and fork he never lays Cross-wise, to my recollection As I do, in Jesus praise. I and Trinity illustrate, In three sips the Arian frustrate; While he drains his at one gulp! Consequently, the monk shows how he believes in the Trinity and how he rejects the Arian doctrine through drinking the orange juice in three sips as opposed to gulping it once.
Even though, this may look as minor actions, he uses them to demonstrate how better than Brother Lawrence he is. Being a monk, this goes against what the speaker is expected of and it does not only indicate his hypocritical behavior but hatred for the Brother Brewer, 1. Although these are the characteristics the speaker intends the reader to believe he exercises throughout his life, they are not the traits that reader observes in him.
It is crystal clear that the speaker is not what he preaches. The speaker does not only hate the Brother Lawrence, he additionally goes to the extreme extend of hoping that the Brother would stumble and damn his soul. His desires are clearly demonstrated in line 53, "If I trip him just a-dying, Sure of heaven as sure can be, Spin him round and send him flying Off to hell, a Manichee? All he does is trying to deceive the reader. While brown Dolores Squats outside the Convent bank With Sanchicha, telling stories, Steeping tresses in the tank, Blue-black, lustrous, thick like horsehairs, - Can't I see his dead eye glow, Bright as 'twere a Barbary corsair's?
That is, if he'd let it show! The women are actually carrying on a conversation while washing their hands. To tell her would be to degrade herself. To lessen her would be to lessen himself. Violating his code? As a work of art, she is under his plete control, but he wants a human being who will act as a work of art. He will never get it. Browning forces us to pass judgment, and we see his judgment that is appropriate for his sin. For his sons? Does the bishop think he will have an afterlife?
As his tomb ll. Do the sons have the same appreciation for the material? Were they NOT soulmates? England is superior to 18th c. Venice, but it serves as a warning that it could end up that way -it leads us to ask, why is Venice a fit parison to England? Venice was a great naval power in the late Middle Ages and the renaissance. England, in the 19th c. By contrast, the speaker l. He is painting realistically, drawing his figures from real life.
Also, when describing what would otherwise be pleasant, such as Brother Lawrence's flowers, the speaker instead says, "Water your damned flowerpots, do!
Also, please give the essay a title when you are done. Brewer, Shawn. No footnotes, please.
As his tomb ll. Possession of someone is something Browning frequently condemns in his poetry. Herein is a commentary on the malleability of human psychology and our ability for rationalization. While brown Dolores Squats outside the Convent bank With Sanchicha, telling stories, Steeping tresses in the tank, Blue-black, lustrous, thick like horsehairs, - Can't I see his dead eye glow, Bright as 'twere a Barbary corsair's? None double? The speaker is certain of his enemy's lust, even if the latter won't "let it show.
The tone of Browning's poem is angry, resentful, and even hateful, indicated clearly by his diction. It is abundantly clear to the reader that the speaker knows only the outward shapes of Christianity, whereas the true meanings of the religion — charity, love, and forgiveness — are absent from his character. She, however, seems to be engaged, and putting herself in danger, but none that she expects.
Your myrtle-bush wants trimming? Any type of essay. Do the sons have the same appreciation for the material? This is clearly observed in lines 33 through 41 set 4, for instance "When he finishes reflection, Knife and fork he never lays Cross-wise, to my recollection As I do, in Jesus praise.
In the fourth stanza, the speaker thinks about how Brother Lawrence is coveting two women who sit nearby talking.
England is superior to 18th c. I and Trinity illustrate, In three sips the Arian frustrate; While he drains his at one gulp!
Or vice versa? Questions for "In Westminster Abbey" from textbook: Who is the speaker? How go on your flowers? Do the sons have the same appreciation for the material?