Who is Robert Browning

Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of the dramatic monologue made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known for their irony, characterization, dark humour, social commentary, historical settings, and challenging vocabulary and syntax.

Browning's early career began promisingly, but collapsed. The long poems Pauline and Paracelsus received some acclaim, but in 1840 the difficult Sordello, which was seen as wilfully obscure, brought his poetry into disrepute. His reputation took more than a decade to recover, during which time he moved away from the Shelleyan forms of his early period and developed a more personal style.

In 1846, Browning married the older poet Elizabeth Barrett, a...
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Robert Browning Poems

  • Sordello: Book The Second
    The woods were long austere with snow: at last
    Pink leaflets budded on the beech, and fast
    Larches, scattered through pine-tree solitudes,
    Brightened, "as in the slumbrous heart o' the woods ...
  • Songs From Pippa Passes
    Day! Faster and more fast,
    O'er night's brim, day boils at last:
    Boils, pure gold, o'er the cloud-cup's brim.
    Where spurting and suppressed it lay, ...
  • The Cardinal And The Dog
    Browning wrote this poem in 1842 for Macready's son, who was ill. He had also written the Pied Piper of Hamelin at the same time.


    Crescenzio, the Pope's Legate at the High Council, Trent, ...
  • Bad Dreams Iii
    This was my dream: I saw a Forest
    Old as the earth, no track nor trace
    Of unmade man. Thou, Soul, explorest,
    Though in a trembling rapture, space ...
  • Sordello: Book The Third
    And the font took them: let our laurels lie!
    Braid moonfern now with mystic trifoly
    Because once more Goito gets, once more,
    Sordello to itself! A dream is o'er, ...
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Life 143 God 138 Heart 137 Love 132 I Love You 132 Never 125 World 114 Good 113 Face 113 Long 111


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Comments about Robert Browning

  • Consciousbeats8: “who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.”―robert browning
  • Kens5: spurs fan, robert browning, is currently on a mission to scale japan's mt. fuji and is getting some training (breathing in low oxygen, and physical conditioning) before the incredible goal he set for himself and his love of the team.
  • Sandicandie: jordan peterson recommends we read the book ‘ordinary men’{think he said robert browning is the author}. it’s the way that marxist push uback a little bit at a time then they give u a breather. then they encroach again+keep doing it. people are just too uneducated/nice 2see it.
  • Ifinestquotes: "ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"robert browning
  • Sharetw_: "ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"robert browning
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