Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came painted by Thomas Moran in 1859.

"Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" is a narrative poem by English author Robert Browning, written on January 2, 1852,[1] and first published in 1855 in the collection titled Men and Women.[2] The poem is often noted for its dark and atmospheric imagery, inversion of classical tropes, and use of unreliable narration. Childe Roland, the only speaker in the poem, describes his journey towards "the Dark Tower", and his horror at what he sees on his quest. The poem ends when Roland finally reaches the tower, leaving his ultimate fate ambiguous.[3]

  1. ^ Turner, W. Craig (1987). "Browning, "'Childe Roland,'" and the Whole Poet". South Central Review. 4 (4): 40–52. doi:10.2307/3189026. ISSN 0743-6831. JSTOR 3189026.
  2. ^ Huebenthal, John (1966). "The Dating of Browning's 'Love Among the Ruins', 'Women and Roses', and 'Childe Roland'". Victorian Poetry. 4 (1): 51–54. ISSN 0042-5206. JSTOR 40001335.
  3. ^ Rumens, Carol (25 August 2008). "Poem of the week: 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came' by Robert Browning". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 September 2020.