Discuss Morality In The Proud King By William Morris With References From The Poem
Morris is to broadcast the need for helpful moral values.
The 849 lines poem told a story of King Jovinian, a king who became
proud because of high status and mammoth earthly possessions. Few of
the moral lessons learnt from the poem are (i) pride comes before
downfall (ii) earthly possessions are vanity (iii) human being must
not level himself/herself with (iv) repented heart will receive mercy.
King Jovinian's pride was shown from line 27 where he said, "Am I not
God, whiles that I live at least" to line 49 where he concluded his
arrogant monologue, "For times change fast, the world is waxen old"
and such thought was the foundation of his downfall.
Through a mere hunting expedition, Jovinian lost all he had laboured
to acquire. He rode faster than entourage, decided to swim the
beautiful lake and by so doing he lost his royal robe and facial
appearance to an angel sent to punish him:
"Wherefore he did off all his rich array
And tied his horse unto a neighboring tree
And in the water sported leisurely
...But 'mazed and angry, looking far and wide
Nought saw he of his horse and rich attire" (line 75-83)
Most of the lines in the poem, the proud king, in his rude attempts to
recover his royal position, he was made a figure of mockery. All
sufferings and mockeries he had were as a result of leveling himself
with God but his repentance restored his situation back to normal and
the angel that took his robe gave it back from line 715-849 where the