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But My Body Caught Up In The Whirl And Drift Of The Vesture's Amplitude, Still Eddying On, Just Before Me, Still To Be Followed, As It Carried Me After With Its Motion: What Shall I Say?--as A Path Were Hollowed And A Man Went Weltering Through The Ocean.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 23rd 2010 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1850)
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Dec 21, 2014 Cait rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, poetry
Hadn't realised that this was all in verse but enjoyed it nonetheless.

Preferred the bulk of it written as rhyming couplets, the bits where the rhyme scheme switched to alternate lines was kind of jarring.

Don't think I've read anything by Robert Browning before, but I'll look out for more of his work in the future, particularly the Easter poem written to go along with this one.

Very Victorian and all to do with Christianity and belief so kind of a moral text.
I started reading this on Christmas eve, thinking that at 34 pages long it would be a nice read for the evening. Sadly, it took me until January 3rd to get it finished. Not one of Robert Browning's best efforts, that is for sure.

Written in rhyming verse, sometimes in couplets, sometimes verses spaced out in a weird pattern, the flow of this poem was hard to follow. The lines were sometimes so random, also, like he was just randomly throwing out something that might rhyme. Not one to re-read, and
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Apr 14, 2013 Grace Harwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is only a quick read, but I really enjoyed it. It's nicely fixed in time and place as the poet finds himself outside a church in a storm on the Christmas Eve of 1849. He ventures inside with a number of other characters who are all there to celebrate the day and then finds himself caught in the middle of an internal dialogue as to the nature of God and his place in society. It's so Victorian - with it's themes of struggling to marry together the ideal of a God who is all powerful and to who ...more
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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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