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What methods does Browning use to tell the poem Fra Lippo Lippi Line 1-39?

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What methods does Browning use to tell the poem Fra Lippo Lippi Line 1-39? Fra Lippo Lippi was written by Robert Browning in 1855. It is about a monk who called Lippi. When he sneaks out of the church he has been stopped by the watchmen's in a drunken state also getting caught going into red district. As the watchmen's tell him it was such a surprise finding him here, he drunkenly tells them his story to reassure him self that whatever he is doing is not as bad as the watchmen's think it is. This poem by Robert Browning is an example of dramatic monologue which is written the Monk's point of view, making him the dominant and the main character. The readers know this as the monk say in line 5 "here you catch me at alleys end". When a poem is written in dramatic monologue form, it involves the speaker who reveals his character unintentionally while describing particular event or situation in order to build up a true picture of the actual events that took place by studying their language, tone and structure, Browning informs the readers that this poem takes in a form of dramatic monologue as he says "I am poor brother Lippi", the use of poor can suggest to the readers that he is portraying himself as innocent. ...read more.


Although their speech is not written, Browning is showing us what the watchmen's are saying as the monk replies to their questions "Zooks, what's to blame? You think you see a monk!" this shows the readers that even the watchmen's are confused as to why a monk would be in this area "past midnight" wanting some explanation from the monk who is trying to reassure himself that whatever he is doing is nothing wrong as he says to the watchmen's "what's to blame?". Browning use of question marks shows the readers through monk's point of view that the watchmen's are accusing him of something wrong he has done as he thinks he has done nothing wrong so they shouldn't be questioning him. Browning has also used caesura to makes this poem dramatic by pausing the monks speech in the middle of the line to pause him using different form of punctuations such as comma or a dash such as when the monk says "Do- Harry out, if you must show your zeal," use of commas and dash in this line makes this poem even more effective to read for the readers making them pause, as Lippo is changing the tone of the poem. ...read more.


A metaphor is used in this sentence to create a realistic image in the readers mind while describing his emotions and feelings that he has. Browning has also used enjambments in this poem to make the reader read the sentences in fast pace as well as creating a sense of motion as monk says "I'd like his face - His, elbowing on his comrade in the door With the pike and the lantern, - for the slaves that holds John Baptists head a-dangle by the hair With one hand... And his weapon in the other, yet unwiped!" The monk here is saying to one of the watchmen's that he would like to draw him as a slave of John Baptist who was a Christian leader. Browning in this entire poem has used a lot of alliteration, enjambments and the used of metaphors to create a deeper meaning of this poem. Throughout the poem the readers see that although the monk is meant to commit himself to God, he is walking in the streets at midnight drinking and visiting the "sportive ladies". Many of Browning poems show his deep religiosity and strong optimistic feelings such as the Patriot as well as this poem when the monk says "Lord, I am not angry". Amina Bibi ...read more.

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