Why was the patriot’s path filled with roses in the poem “The patriot” by Robert Browning?
The patriot’s path was strewn with fragrant roses which is a symbol of love. It was people’s way of showing their love and appreciation to the patriot who had came after a grand victory thus people welcomed him with great zeal and enthusiasm.
We cannot be sure from the information the poem provides us with. But it is only logical to assume that this grand celebration must be as a result of some achievement on the speaker’s part. Perhaps it was a victory in war or the assemblage for fighting one, or winning a popular election to an office, or being nominated as a ruler, or maybe something else. It can be assumed at this point in the poem that it concerned the common people highly, and they were happy on the occasion. The patriot is seen as a public hero in this stanza who is greeted with much love and affection by the commoners.
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The Patriot ‘s path was filled with roses because he was welcomed by the citizens of the town. He had done something which other people couldn’t do for the town which made the citizens of the town very happy and proud of the Patriot for his deed. The poet has mentioned roses other than any other flower because it signifies love.