”My first thought was, he lied in every word, That hoary cripple, with malicious eye Askance to watch the working of his lie on mine, and mouth scarce able to afford Suppression of the glee, that purs’d and scor’d
Its edge, at one more victim gain’d thereby. What else should he be set for, with his staff? What, save to waylay with his lies, ensnare All travellers who might find him posted there, And ask the road? I guess’d what skull-like laugh
Would break, what crutch ’gin write my epitaph For pastime in the dusty thoroughfare, If at his counsel I should turn aside Into that ominous tract which, all agree, hides the Dark Tower. Yet acquiescently, I did turn as he pointed: neither pride nor hope rekindling at the end descried, So much as gladness that some end might be.”
Robert Browning – “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”.
This is probably my favorite poem, partly because it is beautifully written, partly because it was the inspiration to write the most amazing set of books i have ever had the good fortune of reading – The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. The poem is actually about 40 paragraphs long, i have only showed the first 3. To anyone who hasn’t read either, i seriously recommend them, these epics of the literary world are definitely worth your time. Also if you have read any Stephen King books, you will notice a huge abundance of tie ins/references to his other work. I hadn’t read any Stephen King when i first read it, but i have since read a few of his books and when i re-read it for the second and third time (i am currently reading the first one again.) I noticed a lot of them, there is even a separate website of Mr. Kings just about the Dark Tower and it features info on many of these tie-ins! For anyone who’d like to read the entire poem, here is the link http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Childe_Roland_to_the_Dark_Tower_Came.