1st Edition

Robert Browning: Selected Poems

ISBN 9781405841139
Published February 10, 2010 by Routledge
936 Pages

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Book Description

Robert Browning (1812 – 1889) was one of the defining figures of the Victorian age. Famous in his lifetime for his elopement and marriage to Elizabeth Barratt, his critical reputation grew steadily in the years following her early death. Browning’s mastery of dramatic verse was evident throughout his career, from such chillingly unforgettable monologues as ‘My Last Duchess’ and ‘Porphyria’ to the mature work included in his collection Dramatis Personae. This selection, chosen by leading scholars, reveals the innovation, complexity and profound psychological insight that have ensured Browning’s enduring reputation and his continuing appeal to readers today.

Browning: Selected Poems results from a completely fresh appraisal of the canon, text and context of the writer’s 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 development of Browning’s art. An introduction and chronology offer useful background material, whilst annotations and headnotes provide details of composition, publication, sources and contemporary reception. This authoritative yet accessible selection should become the first point of reference for scholar, student and general reader alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Pauline  2. Porphyria  3. Johannes Agricola  4. Pippa Passes  5. The Pied Piper of Hamelin  6. Waring  7. My Last Duchess  8. Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister  9. The Lost Leader  10. The Laboratory  11. Garden Fancies  12. “How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix”  13. Pictor Ignotus  14. Tomb at St Praxed's  15. Italy in England  16. Home-Thoughts, from Abroad  17. England in Italy  18. In a Year  19. Evelyn Hope  20. Bishop Blougram's Apology  21. The Patriot  22. Respectability  23. “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came”  24. A Toccata of Galuppi's  25. A Lovers' Quarrel  26. Andrea del Sarto  27. Old Pictures in Florence  28. How it Strikes a Contemporary  29. Popularity  30. By the Fire-side  31. Fra Lippo Lippi  32. An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish, the Arab Physician  33. Love Among the Ruins  34. Holy-Cross Day  35. Memorabilia  36. Two in the Campagna  37. Cleon  38. A Grammarian’s Funeral  39. One Word More  40. Caliban Upon Setebos  41. A Likeness  42. Rabbi Ben Ezra  43. James Lee  44. Dîs Aliter Visum  45. Youth and Art  46. Apparent Failure  47. A Death in the Desert  48. Abt Vogler  49. Mr Sludge, “the Medium”  Appendix A: Essay on Shelley   Appendix B: Ruskin’s Letter to Browning about "Men and Women", and Browning’s reply  Appendix C: Bells and Pomegranates, Men and Women, and Dramatis Personae

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Daniel Karlin is Winterstoke Professor of English Literature at the University of Bristol, UK.

John Woolford is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Joseph Phelan is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at De Montfort University, UK.