Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

Robert Browning
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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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  • ''You called me, and I came home to your heart.''
    Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. Andrea del Sarto (l. 171). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode a...
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  • Uganda knuckles (5/17/2018 8:35:00 AM)

    Do u no da wei do you no da wey do uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu no da wei

  • Russ Weiss (4/14/2018 11:25:00 AM)

    One of his masterpieces of dramatic monologue. The duke reveals his cruel narcissism and amoral aesthetics- but obviously doesn't give a what we think of him.

  • Lesley (2/1/2018 3:49:00 PM)

    Your poems are so inspirational

  • John Tower (1/24/2018 11:08:00 AM)

    The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

  • lovesex getmarried pronouced Granndy Williams. (12/11/2017 1:18:00 PM)

    I love this poem it is kind of like its about sex! (in a way) i love it

  • Ram bhavan yadav (11/11/2017 6:25:00 AM)

    Education is very important for your life

  • Muzahidul Reza Muzahidul Reza (11/6/2016 8:10:00 AM)

    As a Victorian poet Robert Browning's position is on much high, he was as wise, practical, spiritual, reformer, a perfect artist, a successful man of the world, ................. his poems at present are also read with learning, getting directions, .........
    his poem My Last Duchess is full of wisdoms & arts..............

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (3/9/2016 7:17:00 AM)

    the lines in the box below are from Browning's poem 'Rabbi Ben Ezra':
    This is the full 1st stanza:

    Grow old along with me!
    The best is yet to be,
    The last of life, for which the first was made:
    Our times are in His hand
    Who saith ''A whole I planned,
    Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid! ''

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (3/2/2016 2:11:00 PM)

    Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made: our times are in His hand who saith A whole I planned, youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid...! ''
    (Robert Browning)

    ''Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made: ''
    IN ITALIAN:
    ''Invecchia con me! Il meglio deve ancora venire, Il tramonto della vita, per cui l'alba fu creata: ''

  • Gregory Vest (1/23/2016 10:46:00 AM)

    This is my favorite of all love poems.10 X 10

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Best Poem of Robert Browning

My Last Duchess

FERRARA.

That's my last Duchess painted on the wall,
Looking as if she were alive. I call
That piece a wonder, now: Fr Pandolf's hands
Worked busily a day, and there she stands.
Will't please you sit and look at her? I said
``Fr Pandolf'' by design, for never read
Strangers like you that pictured countenance,
The depth and passion of its earnest glance,
But to myself they turned (since none puts by
The curtain I have drawn for you, but I)
And seemed as they would ask me, if they durst,
How such a glance came there; so, not the first
Are you to turn ...

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