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Men and Women and Other Poems

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In "Men and Women" Browning exhibits the flair, lyricism and idiosyncrasy which have captivated, enthralled and sometimes baffled his readers. In poems including 'Fra Lippo Lippi' and 'Bishop Blugram's Apology', Browning enters the personality and language of his characters, revelling in their unwitting self-revelation. Elsewhere Browning contemplates the relationships bet ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 15th 1993 by Orion Publishing Group, Ltd. (first published 1855)
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May 13, 2007 Amanda rated it really liked it
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The collection of Browning poems that one should read if he or she has not read Browning before. It really has all the good ones (not that any are particularly bad). I think my favorite is "Master Hugues of Saxe-Gotha."
Andy
Sep 14, 2015 Andy rated it it was ok
I only read this because it contains "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," which is the poem that inspired King's epic Dark Tower series. That poem was one of very few bright spots in an otherwise dreary collection. I mostly felt bludgeoned by Browning's slavish commitment to rhythm and rhyme scheme, resulting in some very clumsy phrasing and word choice. Meh.
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great poetry
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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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