critical analysis of the last ride together

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Browning's dramatic monologue 'The Last Ride Together' is an exploration of the end of a love affair. The affair has been ended by the woman, however Browning is suggesting, through his narrator, that rather than feeling sad about this he should feel happy and proud and 'bless/ Your name in pride and thankfulness' about the love that was.

Browning is suggesting that this last ride together is like a moment of perfection that can be remembered for all time with fondness and without regret. Love is difficult and Browning writes that 'all men strive and who suceeds?' but striving is important to Browning in this and other poems. Love is being regarded as man's supreme achievement even more important then deeds done during a war for which a soldier may only expect that 'They scratch his name on the Abbey-stones.' Love is also seen as more important than art and Browning is again looking at the relationhip between life and art as he does in Fra Lippo Lippi, for example.