The Poems of Browning: Volume Three

The Poems of Browning: Volume Three : 1846 - 1861

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The Poems of Browning is a multi-volume edition of the poetry of Robert Browning (1812 -1889) resulting from a completely fresh appraisal of the canon, text and context of his work. The poems are presented in the order of their composition and in the text in which they were first published, giving a unique insight into the origins and development of Browning's art. Annotations and headnotes, in keeping with the traditions of Longman Annotated English Poets, are full and informative and provide details of composition, publication, sources and contemporary reception.


Volumes one (1826-1840) and two (1841-1846) presented the poems from his early years up to his marriage to Elizabeth Barrett, including the dramatic poem Paracelsus (1835), which first brought him to wide attention, and Sordello (1840), which confirmed him as a poet of ambition and imagination.


Volume three (1847-1861) of The Poems of Browning covers the years of Browning's life in Italy with his wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning. During the fifteen years of his marriage and self-imposed exile, Browning produced Christmas-Eve and Easter Day (1850), a major statement of his religious philosophy, and Men and Women (1855), his greatest collection of shorter poems. The poems of Men and Women, like all Browning's work, are steeped in his wide and idiosyncratic knowledge of literature, music, art, history, and popular culture, but a new and distinctive touch comes from the sights, sounds and textures of ordinary life in Italy. Based on a comprehensive study of textual and contextual sources, including a significant amount of hitherto undiscovered or unpublished manuscripts of poems and letters, this volume offers the most complete and informative edition of works that are central to Browning's achievement. In addition, Browning's most important work of critical prose, the Essay on Shelley, is presented in an appendix with full annotation, and poems which refer to specific works of painting or sculpture are illustrated with colour plates.


Volumes four presents the poetry Browning produced during the decade following the death of his wife, including Dramatis Personae, which heralded a re-evaluation of his critical reputation, and The Ring and the Book, which many consider to be his greatest work. The Poems of Browning represents the most informative and up-to-date edition of the works of one of England's greatest poets.
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  • Hardback | 788 pages
  • 162.05 x 222 x 48.26mm | 1,089g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0582084539
  • 9780582084537
  • 2,673,919

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"The Poems of Browning" is a multi-volume edition of the poetry of Robert Browning (1812 -1889) resulting from a completely fresh appraisal of the canon, text and context of his work. The poems are presented in the order of their composition and in the text in which they were first published, giving a unique insight into the origins and development of Browning's art. Annotations and headnotes, in keeping with the traditions of Longman Annotated English Poets, are full and informative and provide details of composition, publication, sources and contemporary reception.

Volumes one (1826-1840) and two (1841-1846) presented the poems from his early years up to his marriage to Elizabeth Barrett, including the dramatic poem "Paracelsus "(1835), which first brought him to wide attention, and "Sordello" (1840), which confirmed him as a poet of ambition and imagination.

Volume three (1847-1861) of "The Poems of Browning" covers the years of Browning's life in Italy with his wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning. During the fifteen years of his marriage and self-imposed exile, Browning produced "Christmas-Eve and Easter Day "(1850), a major statement of his religious philosophy, and "Men and Women "(1855), his greatest collection of shorter poems. The poems of "Men and Women," like all Browning's work, are steeped in his wide and idiosyncratic knowledge of literature, music, art, history, and popular culture, but a new and distinctive touch comes from the sights, sounds and textures of ordinary life in Italy. Based on a comprehensive study of textual and contextual sources, including a significant amount of hitherto undiscovered or unpublished manuscripts of poems and letters, this volume offers the most complete and informative edition of works that are central to Browning's achievement. In addition, Browning's most important work of critical prose, the "Essay on Shelley," is presented in an appendix with full annotation, and poems which refer to specific works of painting or sculpture are illustrated with colour plates.

Volumes four and five will present the poetry Browning produced during the decade following the death of his wife, including "Dramatis Personae," which heralded a re-evaluation of his critical reputation, and "The Ring and the Book," which many consider to be his greatest work. When complete, "The Poems of Browning "will represent the most informative and up-to-date edition of the works of one of England's greatest poets.
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Table of contents

VOL III



CONTENTS



[NB 3/4 this arrangement does not constitute the running-order of the poems, which will be by date of composition, actual or conjectural, as with vols. I and II. Vol III will start with 'The Guardian Angel', the first poem known to have been written by Browning after his marriage, and will end with Browning's adaptation of an epigram by Walter Savage Landor, 'An angel from his Paradise drove Adam', the last poem which can be certainly dated before EBB's death.]



Christmas-Eve and Easter-Day



Men and Women (except 'Before' and 'After', already publ. in vol II)



poems from Dramatis Personae:

A Face

May and Death

The Worst of It



Fugitives:

The 'Moses' of Michael Angelo'

'Dear Miss Unger'

'How much upon a level'

'The Grand Duke wash'd and kiss'd the poor men's feet'

Ben Karshook's Wisdom

Study of a Hand, by Lionardo

'Oh, my Isa! Ah, my Annette!'

'An angel from his Paradise drove Adam'



Appendix: Essay on Shelley
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About John Woolford

Daniel Karlin is based at The University of Sheffield and his main research interest is Victorian poetry. His publications include Robert Browning (1996), which he wrote with John Woolford.


Joe Phelan is a senior lecturer in English at De Montfort University.His publications include The Nineteenth-Century Sonnet (2005) and Clough: Selected Poems (1995).


John Woolford is based at the Univeristy of Manchester. He haspublished two other books on Browning, Browning the Revisionary (1988) and Robert Browning(1996, with Daniel Karlin), together with many essays and articles.
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