The son of Robert Browning, a Bank of England clerk, and Sarah Anna Wiedemann, of Scottish-German descent, Browning received little formal education. His learning was gleaned mainly from his Father's library at home in Camberwell, South London, where he learnt something, with his Father's help, of Latin and Greek and also read Shelly, Byron and Keats. Though he attended lectures at the University of London in 1828, Browning left after only one session.
Apart from a visit to St Petersburg in 1834 and two visits to Italy in 1838 and 1844, Browning lived with his parents in London until his marriage of 1846. It was during this period that most of the plays and the earlier poems were ... more »
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''Progress, man's distinctive mark alone,Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. A Death in the Desert, l. 586-8, Dramatis Personae (1864).
Not God's, and not the beasts': God is, they are,
Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.''
''Inscribe all human effort with one word,Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. The Ring and the Book, bk. 11, l. 1560 (1868-1869).
Artistry's haunting curse, the Incomplete!''
''Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought.''Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. A Death in the Desert, l. 59 (1864).
''O lyric Love, half angel and half birdRobert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. The Ring and the Book, bk. 1, l. 1391-2 (1868-1869).
And all a wonder and a wild desire.''
''Let us try.Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. Andrea del Sarto (l. 19-20). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode...
To-morrow, how you shall be glad for this!''
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