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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 theRobert 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 poetry of his day. This selection brings together verse ranging from early dramatic monologues such as the chilling 'My Last Duchess' and the ribald 'Fra Lippo Lippi', which show his gift for inhabiting the mind of another, to the popular children's poem 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' and many lesser known works. All display his innovative techniques of diction, rhythm and symbol, which transformed Victorian poetry and influenced major poets of the twentieth century such as Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot and Robert Frost....

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ISBN : 9780140437263
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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  • J. Alfred
    2019-05-03 19:23

    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 happens) are ones that I'd never come across before, probably because they are both very long and polemically Christian. The 'Epistle of Karshish' one, "Cleon", "Ned Bratts", and the stupendous "Death in the Desert" are the ones I mean specifically, but most were pretty great. Browning is generally fantastic if one has the patience for him. Sometimes, though, he can be a little, uh, wordy. For instance, "Mr Sludge, the 'Medium'" is something like 1400 lines long, that is, longer than book two of Paradise Lost. So, yeah. Bring your lunch.

  • Linden
    2019-05-13 20:40

    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, of faith in God, wholly independent, in its depths, of storms on the surface of mortal life. He refused to make his poetry the servant to the transient, of the changing elements in the world.”The poems are easier to read and understand as one becomes more familiar with his writing. They are quite astonishing in their variety and depth of seeing. He was not as Stopford describes, "a man sympathising from without with Nature. He is part of Nature herself; a living piece of the great organism, having his own rejoicing life in the mightier life which includes him... To him the world was one joyous mind."Glad to have discovered Browning and commune with a great Poet!

  • Rosalind
    2019-05-14 02:28

    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
    2019-05-10 00:37

    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.

  • Laura
    2019-05-11 18:52

    We read 'Porphyria's Lover', 'My Last Duchess' and 'Fra Lippo Lippi'.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-08 20:50

    Browning offers poetic drama like no other. An artist of storytelling in prose.

  • Faith Bradham
    2019-05-20 21:29

    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
    2019-04-25 01:35

    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
    2019-04-24 18:35

    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
    2019-05-07 20:26

    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
    2019-05-10 22:44

    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
    2019-05-23 22:40

    o robert browning u tease.

  • Valerie
    2019-05-07 22:24

    My favorite at the unreliable narrator, and a great poet also.

  • Mikael
    2019-05-03 00:36

    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
    2019-05-18 00:42

    one of my favorite book

  • Liz
    2019-04-25 23:48

    Browning is a great study of character and his poems are very good at illustrating characters.

  • Leroy Wilson
    2019-05-08 20:42

    He is a genius

  • Rob
    2019-05-04 02:45

    Permanent collection.

  • Tom
    2019-05-24 00:33

    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.

  • Cws
    2019-04-30 22:48

    821.83

  • Jeanette Hornby
    2019-05-05 02:48

    Lovely.