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Robert Browning's poetic scope was broad, ranging from the beguiling magic of The Pied Piper of Hamelin to the epic book-length poem The Ring and the Book. This comprehensive selection includes over eighty of his shorter poems, amongst them his most famous and best-loved dramatic monologues, as well as the complete text of many of his longer poems. It contains three books ...more
Paperback, 828 pages
Published December 15th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Greg
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Browning’s poetry is very good. For the most part, it lacks the fantastic and memorable line that stops the reader dead in his tracks. That being said, the poems themselves are beautiful and pleasing, and many lines are great. My favorite turn of phrase is from “Pauliine” when he writes “Words are wild and weak, / Believe them not”. Pauline itself is a masterpiece. My other favorites in the collection is the well-known “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” as well as “The Boy and the Angel” for its acute ...more
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Mar 24, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Well, we read several of Browning's poems for my Victorian Poetry seminar. I liked some of it, but I really do not enjoy reading his dramatic monologues which are what he is really acclaimed for. It makes me feel like a literary philistine, but I simply cannot bring myself to appreciate those poems.
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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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