Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
by Robert Browning
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister Hate Quotes
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Gr-r-r – there go, my heart's abhorrence! (line 1)
Here we are, first line of the poem, and the speaker is already so disgusted that he can hardly form words – he actually growls to open the poem! He calls the as-yet-unnamed Brother Lawrence his "heart's abhorrence," reversing the usual poetic trope of addressing the speaker's beloved as his "heart's love" or "heart's joy."
If hate killed men, Brother Lawrence,
God's blood, would not mine kill you! (lines 3-4)
The speaker admits that his hatred is intense enough to kill... if hate actually worked that way. Isn't it kind of bad to hate a fellow monk that much? Wouldn't that count as a sin?