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Browning: Poems

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Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are without parallel in the nineteenth century: celebrated poets, they became equally famous for their marriage. Still popular more than a century after their deaths, their poetry vividly reflects the unique nature of their relationship.

This collection presents the Brownings’ work in the context of their lives: the early years
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 14th 2003 by Everyman's Library (first published April 10th 1997)
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But should you read it? If poetry is not your thing, but you feel you should at least be trying to access your civilization's heritage, than Browing is a fairly easy, accessible entry point for you. If you've acknowledged that not reading poetry marks you as a philistine and have taken up the hobby, Browning's works should definitely be on your list.

This is an engaging collection of love letters and poems between Robert and Elizabeth Browning. One thing that the collection demonstrates was what a command Elizabeth had of the sonnet. Critics love to focus on Shakespeare and Spencer (and Seamus Heaney among the modern practitioners) but Elizabeth was an excellent writer of sonnets. The "Sonnets from the Portuguese" are incredible.
I got this book from the library, but I am buying a copy for myself. The letters are unbelievably romantic and beautiful. It draws you into the poetry.
James Violand
Poetry is purely subjective. It either hits you or it misses. I didn't care for either Robert or Elizabeth Barrett.
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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
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