Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Selected Poems” as Want to Read:
Selected Poems
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Selected Poems

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  838 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The great poets are now accessible in beautifully produced, in low-priced volumes. Each collection provides a wonderful overview of the poet's major works.
Published November 24th 1994 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published 1886)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Selected Poems, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Selected Poems

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,366)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details

It was an introduction to Robert Browning through Stopford A. Brooke's book ‘The Poetry of Robert Browning’, written in 1903 (available as a free kindle!) that inspired me to read and enjoy very much this Penguin Collection. Here is how Stopford describes what makes Browning a great poet:

“Browning’s noblest legacy to that wavering, faithless, pessimistic, analysis tortured world through which we have fought our way, and out of which we are emerging, is the sense of things which cannot be shaken,
J. Alfred
You know that obnoxious comedian/impressionist who somehow landed a gig on football related television, Frank Calliendo? Well, reading Browning is like watching an infinitely more talented version of that guy.
He pretty much takes on new personas as he writes; it is astonishing. You can tell why Pound and Eliot loved the guy.
Anyway, he is also great at sort of redelivering the gospel message, so you can see again how intensely surprising it is: the best poems in the collection (and this never h
Did I mention that I LOVE Robert Browning? That's probably the geekiest thing I've ever admitted to, but there it is. He's the man.

His poetry is a fucking pleasure to read. It's intelligent, funny, and skillful. Most of his poems, as you may already know, are narrative poems, so, stylistically, it's kind of like reading the 19th century equivalent to a Greek epic. Or a better way of thinking of it would be like ultra-lyrical and metrical flash fiction.
A nice selection, now I would like to read his complete works but some of the long poems might be hard. I got hung up on Ivan Ivanovich since I like to read a whole poem in one sitting and this is a long one. He wrote some beautiful poems that are a pleasure to read and I enjoyed the notes especially where it concerned his love for his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Rosalind Mitchell
For me, Browning is just the best. He can be as light as a souffle (but with a sharp kick), and achingly profound. He can build characters and he can be terrifying - not many psychological thrillers can be so chilling so succinctly as Porphyria's Lover, and he can capture the sweetness of first love. He's also shamefully neglected.
For me, Browning is just the best. He can be as light as a souffle (but with a sharp kick), and achingly profound. He can build characters and he can be terrifying - not many psychological thrillers can be so chilling so succinctly as Porphyria's Lover, and he can capture the sweetness of first love. He's also shamefully neglected.
Faith Bradham
This is not the book I read, but I could not find what I read ... and this is as close as I could find.
I must admit that I didn't like it very well ... I found Browning's rythym off enough to distract me but not off enough to sound good. :S I'll give him credit for his lyrical words, but that's about it.
Robert Browning is probably my favourite poet. His poems are dramatic, intense, and so readable and intriguing, with absolutely wonderful, memorable characters and plots. Highlights are definitely My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover. Nobody has ever done the dramatic monologue like Browning.
Fairly long poems, it gets a low score from me because his poem the Laboratory is not included (hey, it's good! about a woman poisoning her former lover and his new mistress). However there are some good ones such as 'My Last Duchess'. I'm very picky with poetry.
Tom Fogarty
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister is the greatest poem I have ever read. The narrators un-quenching thirst for revenge is unparallel and the forays from soliloquy to actual human encounter is quite amazing.
Browning, why are you such a genius? "Andrea del Sarto", "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", and "Meeting at Night" are among my favorites in the anthology.
Jan 28, 2008 Tom marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Not exactly the same as my copy, which is an out-of-print 1949 edition published by Appleton-Crofts that I bought for like 20 cents, but the closest I could find.
must be nice not to hv to ask yrself can there be but one sordello ? since u were the one who wrote the bloody thing !
Browning is a great study of character and his poems are very good at illustrating characters.
My favorite at the unreliable narrator, and a great poet also.
Permanent collection.
one of my favorite book
Rick Smith
Rick Smith marked it as to-read
Dec 25, 2014
Laura marked it as to-read
Dec 24, 2014
Melanie marked it as to-read
Dec 23, 2014
Sebastian marked it as to-read
Dec 23, 2014
Doghouse Reilly
Doghouse Reilly marked it as to-read
Dec 22, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 45 46 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Selected Poems (Dover Thrift Editions)
  • Selected Poems
  • Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth
  • The Complete Poems
  • Selected Poetry
  • Aurora Leigh and Other Poems
  • Selected Poems
  • The Complete Poems
  • The Complete Poems
  • The Metaphysical Poets (Penguin Classics)
  • The Collected Poems
  • The Complete Poems
  • Selected Poetry
  • The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Selected Poems
  • The Complete Poems
  • The Complete English Poems (Herbert, George)
  • The Complete Poems and Translations
Robert Browning was a British poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.

Browning began writing poetry at age 13. These poems were eventually collected, but were later destroyed by Browning himself. In 1833, Browning's "Pauline" was published and received a cool reception. Harold Bloom believes that John Stuart
More about Robert Browning...
My Last Duchess and Other Poems Robert Browning's Poetry The Pied Piper of Hamelin The Ring and the Book (Broadview literary texts) Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came (Phoenix 60p Paperbacks)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“we’re made so that we love First when we see them painted, things we have passed Perhaps a hundred times nor cared to see; And so they are better, painted – better to us, Which is the same thing. Art was given for that; God uses us to help each other so, Lending our minds out.” 0 likes
More quotes…