Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0140437266
ISBN-13: 9780140437263
Edition: 2000
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Description: This broad selection of poems from the early Dramatic Lyrics, Dramatic Romances, Lyrics, Men and Women and Dramatis Personae to the less familiar works of his later years, embraces the full scale of human experience as understood by Robert Browning.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

This broad selection of poems from the early Dramatic Lyrics, Dramatic Romances, Lyrics, Men and Women and Dramatis Personae to the less familiar works of his later years, embraces the full scale of human experience as understood by Robert Browning.

Robert Browning was the son of a well-to-do clerk in the Bank of England. He was educated by private tutors and from his own reading in his father's library and elsewhere. Browning's first publication was Pauline (1833). The work made no stir at all. The following year Browning went to St. Petersburg and from there to Italy. On his return to England in 1835 he published Paracelsus, a dramatic poem based on the life of the fifteenth-century magician and alchemist. Browning next attempted a play. Strafford was the first of the poet's dramatic failures; it ran only five nights at Covent Garden in 1836. An obscure and difficult poem, Sordello, appeared in 1840. It did a great deal toward giving Browning a reputation for being unintelligible and for limiting the circles of his readers. The most important event in Browning's life occurred in 1846, when he married Elizabeth Barrett. The marriage brought a new lightness and openness of voice to Browning's verse during the next 21 years, resulting in the great dramatic monologues of Men and Women in 1855 and the epic The Ring and the Book in 1867. It is not that these are the most beautiful poems of the Victorian Age, but they are the most perceptive; they reveal more clearly the men and women who speak the monologues, and the poet who conceived them, than any comparable works of the century. In the last two decades of his life Browning produced only a few great poems but much were grotesque and fantastic. He turned, too, to translations and transcriptions from the Greek tragedies; in spite of some powerful passages, these were not highly successful Robert Browning died in Italy in 1889. His body lies in Westminster Abbey.

Introduction
Note on the Text
Porphyria's Lover
Johannes Agricola in Meditation
Song from Pippa Passes ('The year's at the spring')
Scene from Pippa Passes ('There goes a swallow to Venice ...')
My Last Duchess
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
The Pied Piper of Hamelin; A Child's Story
'How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix'
The Lost Leader
Meeting at Night
Parting at Morning
Home-Thoughts, from Abroad
The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church
Love Among the Ruins
A Lovers' Quarrel
Up at a Villa - Down in the City
Fra Lippo Lippi
A Toccata of Galuppi's
An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish, the Arab Physician
Mesmerism
A Serenade at the Villa
'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came'
The Statue and the Bust
How It Strikes a Contemporary
The Patriot
Memorabilia
Andrea del Sarto
In a Year
Cleon
Two in the Campagna
A Grammarian's Funeral
James Lee's Wife
Gold Hair: A Story of Pernic
Dis Aliter Visum; or, Le Byron de Nos Jours
A Death in the Desert
Caliban upon Setebos; or, Natural Theology in the Island
Confessions
Youth and Art
A Likeness
Mr. Sludge, 'The Medium'
Apparent Failure
Epilogue (to Dramatis Personae)
House
Saint Martin's Summer
Ned Bratts
Clive
[Wanting is - what?]
Donald
Never the Time and the Place
The Names
Now
Beatrice Signorini
Spring Song
Notes
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

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