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Written in 1855 and first published in the collection "Men and Women", Browning's narrative poem later served as the inspiration for Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series. The poem tells the tale of Roland, a knight, who comes as last to the object of his quest: the Dark Tower. His comrades have all fallen, and he is the last. He endures, marching on and on, until he comes atWritten in 1855 and first published in the collection "Men and Women", Browning's narrative poem later served as the inspiration for Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series. The poem tells the tale of Roland, a knight, who comes as last to the object of his quest: the Dark Tower. His comrades have all fallen, and he is the last. He endures, marching on and on, until he comes at last to the Tower....

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Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-05-18 01:53

    For the past decade or so, one of the ways I find books to read is to see who or what influenced some of my favorite writers. I discovered P.G. Wodehouse after he was mentioned by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Christopher Moore, for example. One of Stephen King's influences for the Dark Tower saga was this poem by Robert Browning.I've been a Dark Tower junkie for somewhere between twelve and fifteen years at this point but I never read the poem Stephen King drew inspiration from until today. It's not a long poem by any means. There are many reviews on this site that are longer. Yet it contains a lot of parallels to The Dark Tower series.The poem is in an AABABB rhyme scheme and told in 34 stanzas. I'll note the Dark Tower inklings that jumped out at me.The first four stanzas seem to be an inspiration for the first book in the Dark Tower series, The Gunslinger. Roland, recalling his wanderings, is tempted to give up on his quest for the Dark Tower by a lying old man with a staff. Sound familiar?The seventh stanza also harkens to the Gunslinger, when Roland thinks of the others who have fallen in the quest for the Dark Tower. In the eighth, Roland resumes his quest. In the ninth, he's lost and the only man is gone, kind of like when Roland finds himself lost on the seashore, just before the lobstrocities attack.In the sixteenth stanza, Roland remembers his friend Cuthbert's face. In the seventeenth, a traitor and a hanging are mentioned. In the flashback sequence in the Gunslinger, Roland and Cuthbert witness the hanging of a traitor.In the thirty-first stanza, Roland finally sees the Tower in the distance, built of brown stone. Finally, in the final stanza, Roland blows his horn, signifying the end of his quest, something that didn't happen on the last iteration of Stephen King's Dark Tower, but may happen in the next one.Sadly, there is no giant bear with a satellite dish on it's head in Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came. For the bear, I'll be reading Shardik sometime in the future.

  • Claudia
    2019-04-23 21:04

    After my experience with "The Star", I remembered this poem I listened/read almost two years ago and I had to repeat that. Got goosebumps once again ;))----The poem which inspired Stephen King' series "The Dark Tower".I read it while listening this marvelous performance: Simply amazing.

  • Shriya
    2019-04-25 01:44

    First off, I want to meet those critics of Robert Browning, who said he was "nothing more than the husband of a famous poet, Elizabeth Barret."I want to point it out to them that while they may be factually correct and got the relationship right, they couldn't be more mistaken in assuming that he was "nothing more" than her husband.I'm sorry, bring me a poet who captures the psychology and the variations of human mind better than Browning! And no, I'm not just talking about the obsessive, neurotic love of the Duke in'My Last Duchess'or'Porphyria's Lover' ! Look at Prospice, where he's ready to brave death, look atFra Lippo Lippi , which is raw poetic GENIUS! And look at Childe Roland! Just a dream,you say? I think not! This poem may have been dream-inspired but is nothing short of the pure genius Coleridge showed in Kubla Khan! A knight-in-training led astray by an old, morally defective cripple, comes across a waste land instead of a battlefield, doubts his choice of profession, wonders whether it was wise to 'take the road frequently taken' (see what I did there?), remembers true knights who earned glory and the fake ones who stole it and then makes peace with what he has, and the dark tower he has sought to enter.Does this speak of despair to you? Or does it sound like PB Shelley's keynote in 'Ode to the West Wind'? The triumph of hope over deapair? The will to go on?The wasteland here is Browning's own poetic waste land, his lack of inspiration and the end note of the poem is his determination to brave the poetic waste land. He holds true poets of the past in high esteem and is glad that he did not steal poetic glory like the overrated poets of yesteryears. No, he is determined to use this wasteland as inspiration and earn whatever it gives him. For me, it gave him an edge and made him, now, more than ever, one of my favourite poets. To hell with critics who could not appreciate him then and to hell with fools who fail to appreciate him now! Browning may have been underrated in his time but find me a better Psychological Victorian Poet, with as much range and depth as him. I double dare the world there's none!

  • Sandi
    2019-04-22 20:47

    I had pretty much skipped over and forgotten about Robert Browning. Mostly due to English classes where we dissected one of his poems and talked about his relationship and love letters with Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I wasn't ready for either love poems or much good poetry at that time in my life.Now I find it pretty ironic that I have Stephen King to thank for rediscovering the other poetry of this man. After having read the inspiriation for King's books I can see how part of the gunslinger series developed from it.It's nice to have more good poetry on my list now that I have the maturity to appreciate it.

  • Feliks
    2019-04-24 22:53

    One of the top ten poems of all time, surely. Certainly in my top 5 favorites. Its a poem that not only provides goosebumps along the way but when you reach the end your nerves are tingling; your eyes are misty; and you want to leap out of your damn chair and roar out a hurrah!

  • Mike Harnish
    2019-05-08 21:57

    I read this at the end of Stephen King's Dark Tower, and while not a fan of Browning, I actually myself enjoying it. And reading some of the other reviews was surprised at the other works that this influenced, and with pleasurable results.

  • Dana West
    2019-05-09 22:04

    I only read "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came". I read this every few years to remind me why Stephen King's The Dark Tower series is so damn good.

  • Keith
    2019-05-01 19:48

    "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", is said to have inspired Stephen King's "The Dark Tower Series" according to Wikipedia.

  • Alejandro Mariñez
    2019-05-06 20:07

    Even though I'm not into poems, I have my top 5 poems and this one has just made it into my list.

  • Jennifer M. Hartsock
    2019-05-21 03:05

    The change between a barren wasteland, to “happier sights,” and then to unpleasant imagery can be interpreted as 3 metaphors for his mental state.As the untested knight begins his journey, his mind becomes influenced by the reality of evil: “In the dock’s harsh swarth leaves, bruised as to balk/ All hope of greenness?/ …Pashing their life out…” Before the mind can protect itself with ignorance, it may become blank: “Alive? he might be dead for aught I know…” as well as, “[one] stiff blind horse.”Next, the mind may return to “happier sights” in order to abandon its current disorder. In this scene, our knight returns to the past, but it is a brief moment of reflection; our narrator returns to his journey within just three stanzas. In these several lines, we are given: “I fancied Cuthbert’s reddening face,” “Good—but the scene shifts—faugh!...” and, “Pin to his breast a parchment? His own bands/ Read it. Poor traitor, spit upon and cursed!” The contrast between a 1) blank, 2) reminiscing, and 3) fearful state of mind, loses power in these stanzas. Before and after are vivid and detailed, whereas the in-between is fleeting and elusive.When the mind returns to the journey at hand with the realization that the past cannot save him, reality hits like the predisposition to accept temptation: “A sudden river crossed [his] path/ As unexpected as a serpent comes…” He walks the same footsteps as those who came before him, but they were engulfed in the knowledge of evil and it swallowed them whole.Our knight’s mind races with their memory, a clear picture of his likely future: “To set my foot upon a dead man’s cheek,/ …For hollows, tangled in his hair or beard!...” “Toads in a poisoned tank,/ Or wild cats in a red-hot iron cage—” and, “Broke into moss or substances like boils;/ …Like a distorted mouth that splits its rim/ Gaping at death, and dies while it recoils.” Even the Harbinger of Death, “A great black bird, Apollyon’s bosom friend” flies over way, anticipating his fate as he walks into the presence of the Dark Tower.These images are a portrayal of an honorable, untested knight’s mindset throughout his journey.We don’t know what his slug-horn call means, but if it’s his surrender, he buckles under the profound weight of evil.If he succeeds, he accepts this unnerving reality, and begins to positively change it, thus becoming heroic.

  • Doug
    2019-04-28 02:04

    SCAM ALERT! MORE RECENT NOTE: After reviewing the reviews below, I'm struck by the apparent confusion some seem to have regarding the e-book this is about. First, I'm thrilled that those who only had acquaintance with Roland via Steve's books, have come to read the poem and gain insight into the Browning influence for the Dark Tower series. Second, you need to look closer at this. We're really not talking about Browning but about a guy named Chris Cromell who names himself "editor" of this "Interpretation". "Poem by Robert Browning, Interpretation by Chris Cromell." Please, don't give this person who claims to be the "interpreter" any further commendations for his deplorable work. Note the distinction between the original work and this poser who claims he has a clue. He does not, nor do his friends who gave the original feedback.____________________________This is one to avoid. Though mercifully brief, it is a pathetic attempt to appear academic. "Interpreted by," in this case, equals reading Browning through the lens of King. I am acquainted with Stephen, and he would not find this ploy acceptable. Since Amazon allows this sort of drivel in their self-published Kindle selections it does suggest their goal is to destroy the soul of publishing.

  • Steven
    2019-05-03 01:06

    An interesting poem that is, at this time for me, mostly relevant as it engages with The Dark Tower. It stands on its own but it is bolstered by Stephen King's adherence to its main motifs. As I'm in the final novel of the series, I see many of the allusions and parallels between the tales (I am also reading the "Childe Roland" fairy tale written down by Joseph Jacobs to further bolster the allusions). In King's version, Roland has no horn--it has been lost on a battlefield--yet he reminisces about it and it seems to hold significance. In Browning's tale, the horn signals the end of Roland's quest through the desolated lands on his way to the Tower.Browning's Roland seems more composed and careful than King's Roland, a man driven by Ka. Perhaps this is why King's Roland is missing the horn and why it appears (at the halfway mark of The Dark Tower) that Roland's quest is destined to end in disaster, or at the very least sorrow.

  • Danny Sifonte
    2019-05-02 23:58

    Reading an excerpt from the story of Childe Roland definitely introduced me to another world unique compared to what books today are like. The writing that the authour chooses to use definitely makes you think back tithe roots and meaning of words along with adds complex rhyming scheme and great use of show and not tell. The story is perceived by the viewpoint of the so called "hero" childe who has a quest to travel to the dark tower while facing many dangers along the way. Though most of the text the hero does.not seem to have any weapon or tool to use or protect himself and that is definitely unique as a story and/stupid as a character. Despite some flaws that draw out argument and meaning from the book it was definitely a challenge to read and worth reading (at least some of it.)

  • Dallass
    2019-05-21 19:55

    Oh, where do I start? I read this for the #dtproject17 that I wanted to complete before The Gunslinger film is released this July. However, I probably shouldn't have read this while stuck in bed with strained rib muscles as there was nowhere to run from this tedious poem. Quickly read through all 34 stanzas, and to be quite honest my mind just wasn't in poetry appreciation mode - nor is it now - so I may have to read this again when I'm in the right mood. That's the unfortunate thing about a reading schedule, it just doesn't care about what kind of a book mood you're in.

  • Kevin J.J. Carpenter
    2019-04-30 22:56

    Of course, if you've read Stephen King, you'll never be able to enjoy "Childe Roland" as it was originally intended, and while that's not altogether bad, I sometimes wonder what charm this poem would have sparked had I been unaware of the Deschain lineage, and their ancient quest. It's still a wonderful piece of poetry, but my opinion may be blinded.

  • Darrell
    2019-05-19 21:46

    I decided to read this because I'm a fan of Stephen King's the gunslinger series and wanted to read the inspiration for the story. I've always struggled with poetry so this wasn't the best read for me. I did read the entire poem but I feel that I might not have gotten the full value out of it because of my poem struggles. I know that Browning is highly regarded it just wasn't a read for me.

  • Shelly
    2019-05-16 01:56

    I actually haven't read this edition, but I just read the poem reprinted in the back of The Book of Lost Things. I'm so glad I finally stumbled upon it. It's so dark and vivid and beautiful and terrifying. I love it.

  • Sam Snyder
    2019-04-22 20:11

    It was a difficult read and I appreciated the interpretation. It was mentioned in another recently read book and of course a large influence for Stephen King's Roland Deschain and The Dark Tower series

  • Laura
    2019-04-23 21:54

    One of the creepiest, most goose-bumpy poems I've ever read. Not knowing if the nightmarish lands Roland warily passes though are real or just all in his head makes it all the more chilling. And the classic final line of the poem reverberates with the ominous promise of the unknown.

  • Marissa
    2019-05-17 21:07

    beautifully constructed poetry. after having read the dark tower series by stephen king (several times over) it only makes sense to have this in ones collection.

  • Mckinley
    2019-05-22 01:56

    The thoughts along the way are what's important here.

  • torque
    2019-04-24 18:43

    Ok. I have a hard time reading poetry. This was no exception.

  • Lasse Gravesen
    2019-05-05 23:10

    Was part of The Dark Tower book 7.

  • Igor Kostiuk
    2019-05-04 23:41

    Excellent, especially the ending but quite hard to read 'cause English isn't my first language.

  • Roberta
    2019-05-01 22:02

    This relates to Stephen King's Dark Tower series; he mentiones it as an early inspiration. As such, it is fun to read!

    2019-05-16 00:08

    I should have read this poem before reading S.King!Avrei dovuto leggere questa poesia prima di leggere il ciclo della torre nera di S.King!

  • Dmitry Butsenets
    2019-05-22 02:09

    "Дорога к Темной Башне - бездорожье"Мощно!!