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Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

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The son of Robert Browning, a Bank of England clerk, and Sarah Anna Wiedemann, of Scottish-German descent, Browning received little formal education. His learning was gleaned mainly from his Father's library at home in Camberwell, South London, where he learnt something, with his Father's help, of Latin and Greek and also read Shelly, Byron and Keats. Though he attended lectures at the University of London in 1828, Browning left after only one session.

Apart from a visit to St Petersburg in 1834 and two visits to Italy in 1838 and 1844, Browning lived with his parents in London until his marriage of 1846. It was during this period that most of the plays and the earlier poems were ... more »

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  • ''Progress, man's distinctive mark alone,
    Not God's, and not the beasts': God is, they are,
    Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.''
    Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. A Death in the Desert, l. 586-8, Dramatis Personae (1864).
  • ''Inscribe all human effort with one word,
    Artistry's haunting curse, the Incomplete!''
    Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. The Ring and the Book, bk. 11, l. 1560 (1868-1869).
  • ''Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought.''
    Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. A Death in the Desert, l. 59 (1864).
  • ''O lyric Love, half angel and half bird
    And all a wonder and a wild desire.''
    Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. The Ring and the Book, bk. 1, l. 1391-2 (1868-1869).
  • ''Let us try.
    To-morrow, how you shall be glad for this!''
    Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. Andrea del Sarto (l. 19-20). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode...
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  • S B (5/5/2014 6:02:00 PM)

    Portrays emotions throughout all of his poems appropriately and brilliantly.

  • Arabella Picken (9/25/2013 10:30:00 AM)

    I absolutely adore Robert Browning. He is the one who first got me interested in poetry. 'Porphyria's Lover' is my favourite poem He's a sensational poet and has a wonderful way with words. He is compelling and very talented!

  • Rajnish Manga (12/25/2012 7:04:00 AM)

    Browning is matchless when he underlines the emotions of a lover who wants nothing but love, the love of his beloved who is adorable but some how not coming to terms.

  • Richard Tattershall (6/4/2012 3:02:00 PM)

    I always thought Browning was a man's poet. He's certainly a very special, unique one.

  • Stephen Holbrook-sishton (12/20/2009 5:47:00 PM)

    Browning is a much-neglected poet from the Victorian era. His 'The Patriot' is totally brilliant, not to mention his 'My Last Duchess' - a GCSE text for many. Like so many other poets he lives under the shadow of Shakespeare - we read and see his material endlessly unlike that of Browning and others. But Browning knew that and wrote anyway. His unifying influence by way of poetry and pre-Freudian psychology is unmatched.

  • p.a. noushad (10/31/2008 8:22:00 AM)

    true to the spirit of our life

  • Amy Klootwyk (2/28/2007 3:43:00 PM)

    Robert Browning is such a beautiful poet- poetry never interested me until I read 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover'.

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