The Poetical Works Of Robert Browning in 2 Volumes
The works of British poet and playwright, Robert Browning, whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. Browning’s fame today rests mainly on his dramatic monologues, in which the words not only convey setting and action but also reveal the speaker’s character. Perhaps the most sensational of these monologues is Porphyria’s Lover. The opening lines provide a sinister setting for the macabre events that follow. It is plain that the speaker is insane, as he strangles his lover with her own hair to try and preserve for ever the moment of perfect love she has shown him. These monologues greatly influenced many later poets, including Ezra Pound and T S Eliot. Ironically, Browning’s style, which seemed modern and experimental to Victorian readers, owes much to his love of the seventeenth century poems of John Donne with their abrupt openings, colloquial phrasing and irregular rhythms.
- Publisher Smith, Elder & Co, London; 1910
- Dark Green Cloth Hardback With Gilt Title and Gilt Page Tops, xvi,748+4; vii, 786+6 pp
- With Portraits
- Size 200 x 145mm, 1.7kg
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