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Robert Browning was one of the greatest of English poets, whose intense and original imagination enabled him to transform any subject he chose - whether everyday or sublime - into startling memorable verse. In his work he brought to life the personalities of a diverse range of characters, and introduced a new immediacy, colloquial energy and psychological complexity to the poetry of his day. This selection brings together verse ranging from early dramatic monologues such as the chilling 'My Last Duchess' and the ribald 'Fra Lippo Lippi', which show his gift for inhabiting the mind of another, to the popular children's poem 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' and many lesser known works. All display his innovative techniques of diction, rhythm and symbol, which transformed Victorian poetry and influenced major poets of the twentieth century such as Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot and Robert Frost.show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 240.4g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • notes, glossary, indexes
  • 0140437266
  • 9780140437263
  • 11,501

About Robert Browning

Robert Browning (1812-1889) attended the newly founded University of London for a year before travelling widely on the Continent in the 1830s and 1840s. After a clandestine courtship, he married Elizabeth Barrett in 1846 and they lived in Italy until her death in 1861. He is one of the most significant and inventive of Victorian poets.Daniel Karlin is Professor of English at University College, London. He has edited The Penguin Book of Victorian verse.show more

Table of contents

Selected PoemsIntroduction 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 Chld'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 I. James Lee's Wife Speaks at the Window II. By the Fireside III. In the Doorway IV. Along the Beach V. On the Cliff VI. Reading a Book, Under the Cliff VII. Among the Rocks VIII. Beside the Drawing-Board IX. On Deck Gold Hair: A Story of Pornic 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 Beatric Signorini Spring Song Notes Index of Titles Index of First Linesshow more

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