by Robert Browning
Incident of the French Camp
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Ratisbon. (German Regensburg) an ancient city of Bavaria on the right bank of the Danube. Because of its location it has been a regular target of conquering armies. In this instance, it was the army of Napoleon. While Napoleon watched from nearby a rider rode to him, saluted him and declared the city defeater. Napoleon exclaimed “You are wounded” the young man replied, “Nay, I’m killed, sire!” and fell dead.
Things to Discuss:
What word tells you of the rider's speed? What type of figurative language is it? What was the mission of the boy who rode alone? Was his heroism greater because he was alone?
About the Poem:
Ratisbon is strategically located on the right bank of the Danube River in Bavaria. It has been subjected to as many as 17 battles since the tenth century. This poem is about the last one, that of Napoleon in 1809. The name "Lannes" refers to the Duke of Montebello, one of Napoleon's generals.