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Robert Browning was one of the greatest of English poets, whose intense and original imagination enabled him to transform any subject he chose - whether everyday or sublime - into startling memorable verse. In his work he brought to life the personalities of a diverse range of characters, and introduced a new immediacy, colloquial energy and psychological complexity to the ...more
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J. Alfred
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Linden
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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,
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Rosalind
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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.
Jessica
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Faith Bradham
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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.
Rosalind Mitchell
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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.
Judi
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rebecca
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.
Scarlettfish
Dec 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Leia Penina
o robert browning u tease.
Valerie
Jul 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
My favorite at the unreliable narrator, and a great poet also.
Mikael
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 !
Ronald
Oct 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of my favorite book
Liz
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Browning is a great study of character and his poems are very good at illustrating characters.
Leroy Wilson
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He is a genius
Rob
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Permanent collection.
Tom
Jan 28, 2008 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.
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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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