First Published 1864, in Dramatic Personae.

The title of this poem is Latin for 'look forward'.

Prospice seems to be an unusually biographical poem. Certainly, we can recognise in the speaker, Browning the poet, mourning his dead wife.

- First poem published after death of Elizabeth Barrett
- Prospice seems to be an unusually biographical poem. Certainly, we can recognise in the speaker, Browning the poet, mourning his dead wife.
- Probably also Browning’s most rhetorical piece. The language used in the poem almost appears to be a battle cry to death
Points for consideration
- The title of this poem is Latin for 'look forward'. Why is this appropriate?
- Think about persuasive devices (rule of three, superlatives etc)
Poems for comparison
- The Lost Leader – Sense of grandeur and self-importance.
- The Grammarian’s Funeral – Mountainous setting as backdrop to monumental event.
- A Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister - compelling and outspoken dramatic persona
- Dubiety – old age

What comparisons can we make from reading Alfred Tennyson's poem Crossing the Bar

The language used in the poem almost appears to be a battle cry to death. How does the language from these film scenes compare to the language used in the poem? Think about persuasive devices (rule of three, superlatives etc)

  1. Lord of the Rings - Return of the King
  2. Armageddon - The presidents address to the world
  3. Gladiator - 'for you are in Elycium and you are already dead'
  4. Henry V 'Band of Brothers'

What film clips can you think of?