Robert Browning, a towering poetic presence of the Victorian era, was hailed by Henry James as a tremendous and incomparable modern. The sheer immediacy and colloquial energy of his poetry ensure enduring appeal. Browning paints landscapes both suburban and sublime, combines lyric and demotic language, and introduces everyday events of the streets and marketplace into the rarified world of Victorian poetry.
This edition includes examples from the early Dramatic Lyrics (1842) and Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845); from the masterpieces Men and Women (1855) and Dramatis Personae (1864), and from the less familiar works of his later years. Together they convey the intensity, the lyric beauty, and the vitality of Browning's poetry.
Note on the Text
Johannes Agricola in Meditation
Song from Pippa Passes ("The year's at the spring")
Scene from Pippa Passes ("There goes a swallow to Venice...")
My Last Duchess
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
The Pied Piper of Hamelin; A Chld's Story
"How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix"
The Lost Leader
Meeting at Night
Parting at Morning
Home-Thoughts, from Abroad
The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church
Love Among the Ruins
A Lovers' Quarrel
Up at a Villa - Down in the City
Fra Lippo Lippi
A Toccata of Galuppi's
An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish, the Arab Physician
A Serenade at the Villa
"Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"
The Statue and the Bust
How It Strikes a Contemporary
Andrea del Sarto
In a Year
Two in the Campagna
A Grammarian's Funeral
James Lee's Wife
Gold Hair: A Story of Pornic