The Bishop Orders His TombDoes anyone have issues engaging with this poem? Many people seem to think it's a pretty dull poem, and certainly the title does not make this particular editor want to...

The Bishop Orders His Tomb

Does anyone have issues engaging with this poem? Many people seem to think it's a pretty dull poem, and certainly the title does not make this particular editor want to rush out and read it! Robert Browning does not seem to have gone out of his way to make it interesting!

Has anyone got any more inspiring or interesting ideas or things they enjoy and want to share about this poem?

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ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Having never read this poem, I was curious and looked it up. I agree it did not grab or inspire me to read it any further. It did give me pause to wonder why we assume that there should be something "inspiring or interesting" about it simply because Robert Browning wrote it. Were not the greats like Browning, or Byron, or Bronte capable of bad writing? Don’t get me wrong, there might be some very lovely ideas in this poem, but I was not inspired to forge ahead and seek those out.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Thanks for your input...very refreshing! Sometimes its actually nice to hear when people don't actually like a poem - when I read it I couldn't help thinking if someone different,such as Emily Bronte,or Bram Stoker had written it - or if had a different storyline such as two young sweethearts finding themselves near a tomb (Romeo and Juliet) - that changes everything - almost as if the setting would then be popular with Goth fans...

bargeroni | Student

I think you have to do a proper in-depth analysis of it to make it remotely interesting. It's supposed to shock you that the bishop isn't a traditional one with blasphemy and having children. But as it was written during the time of renaisscance Italy it is probably more difficult for people of this century to grasp, it would probably shock you and interest you more if you were like a couple hundred years ago. It's a bit like if someone today bought out a poem involving an indepth analysis of a sexual experience or something, and then it getting famous. Shock factor.

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