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Robert Browning 1812 1889 (Research Paper)

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Overtime, English poets have written some of the most memorable poems in European culture. As time has passed, the language and its poetry have spread around the globe. Therefore, a lot of the great poetry we enjoy today was created by the some of the best poets in history.The talented poet, Robert Browning was one of the greatest poets in Victorian England. Born on Camberwell, London on May 7, 1812, Robert was the first child of Robert and Sarah Anna Browning. Most of his education came from home, while his mother was a devoted Angelican and his father was a bank clerk in England. Robert spent much of his time in his father's private library of 6000 volumes in several languages (Goldstein ...view middle of the document...

4-5).The Victorian era was a period of political, social, and economic change. During that time, the empire recovered from the loss of the American colonies and entered in a period of fast expansion under the rule of Queen Victoria. Therefore, Browning based his poems on his faith in the value of human life. His works reflected those social changes that were occurring in England including Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution. He was very unique, and clearly expressed his thoughts through his poems which gave everyone a sense of curiosity of what was occurring to the person narrating the poem. Robert was very emotional and many critics believed he needed to separate himself from his writings (Allingham, pars.1-2). Some of Browning's characters are good and some are evil. With both he expressed belief in the value of action, and dislike in passive behavior. During that time, his works also declared his faith that life's imperfections and strivings are only a beginning or preface to the perfection of the afterlife (Kates, pars.2-4).Because of his love for poetry, Robert based his poems on dramatic dialogue where people from the past reveal their thoughts and lives as if they were thinking and speaking out loud. Browning made poetry complete with prose, and used words of ordinary speech in his text. One of his most famous and recognized poems "My Last Duchess", is a perfect example of his own style of Dramatic Dialogue. Here, the speaker of the poem is a duke and the listener is an employee of the court during the arrangement of another marriage for the Duke (James, pars.1-3). In his very own unique style, he speaks in the voice of some imaginary or historical character. In this story, we later find out the how everything indicates that the duke murdered his last wife, and how he only talked about the woman's failings and imperfections. The duchess's inattention to her husband makes him jealous and makes him admire the painting on the wall as if she really were alive (Trent, pars.4-5). This poem shows how the duke had mixed emotions about his wife and was jealous at her for not being attentive and loyal just like a decent wife would be. There are two characters that many people can be compared to in the world today. The two characters are Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara and his Duchess. Throughout the monologue the...

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