BA English Notes, Patriot into Traitor Explanation

Patriot into Traitor:

            Robert Browning.

Explanation lines (1-5):

Reference: These lines have been taken from the poem ‘ Patriot into Traitor’ written by Robert Browning.


The poet writes about a nation hero who was once very popular, but then began to be hated all around. A year ago, the leader was very popular among the masses. But after a year his deeds became misdeeds the eyes of people. Now he was declared a traitor and condemned to death.

Explanation:

The political leader is discussing his last year when he was patriot and was loved by his people. When he used to come the visit or to attend the procession, the loving people used to throw the flowers on his way like mad lovers. So many people were waiting and praising that it seemed that the house roofs would fall from their weight. His admirers had decorated the church so beautifully that it seemed that the church spires were on fire. He was a patriot leader.

Actually, the political leader is discussing his glory and respect when he was in power. The people loved him because of his services.

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Explanation:

The leader continues to discuss his glory in the last year. People celebrated his arrival with great happiness and enthusiasm. His people used to ring the bells at his arrival. There were so many people on the walls that it seemed that the walls would fall ready to sacrifice their lived for the sake of the political leader. The patriot leader is narrating that his people were submissive and obedient. They loved his very much and were ready to do anything for him.

Explanation lines (11-15):

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Explanation:

The leader is explaining his feeling and emotions. He struggled hard for his nation. He left no stone unturned to serve them. He was ready to bring everything to them. He destroyed his life for their sake. He should have been rewarded but the people declared him a traitor. The reward of his struggle was heavy punishment.

He is very upset because of the change in people’s love. They do not love him now and think him corrupt traitor.

Explanation lines (19-20):

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Explanation:

One year has passed and now the leader has been called a traitor. Now the people are ready to punish him. There is nobody waiting for him on the tops of the houses. Only palsied persons are sitting to watch his end. The leader is being taken to the shamble gate to be hanged. Everybody is waiting for his quick end.

Actually, the poet, Robert Browning wants to clarify that the opinion of the people does change with passage of time. The poet is making us serious of the contemporary political scene, its turmoils

and treacheries. In the third world countries, the political leaders are degraded and praised with no time.

Explanation lines (21-25):

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    The people are pulling the political leader to the shamble gate to hang him. It is raining but the people are ready to take him to the shambles gate to hand him. His hands have been tied and his forehead is bleeding. Everyone is throwing stones at him for his year’s misdeeds.

Actually, the people have declared him a traitor and want to punish him at the spot. This behaviour of the people shows their extreme decision about the political leader.

Explanation lines (26-30):

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Explanation:

The political leader concludes well. He narrates that how did he come and how is he going? He was respected by the people but now he is being disgraced. The people forget their own end in triumph. The political leader is optimistic in the end of the poem. He believes that at the day of the decision God will question him about his worldly life. He will ask reward from God because the world has treated him so badly. The political leader is now satisfied with his earthly end.

Actually the political leader is explaining Browning’s philosophy of optimism. He consoles himself that he will be rewarded positively in the court of God.

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