Adam Potkay argues against assigning this position of moral authority to any one of the characters and instead considers the poem as a "decentered struggle of interpretations" in which the character of Guido leads the way in "decentering" the poem by questioning the very conception of identity.
He published his first poem, Pauline: Browning continued writing and publishing and experimenting with the dramatic monologue untilwhen he fell in love with Elizabeth Barrett. Roberts explains that compared to the idiosyncratic, often insane characters in the earlier Dramatic Romances and Lyrics, the personalities in Men and Women, though complex, "communicate on something approaching our own level," and thus engender empathy and understanding among readers.
Particularly devoted to dramatic characterization, Browning explored the human psychology through his characters and the dramatic situations he presented. While Robert browning a collection of critical essays read widely as a boy, his formal education was somewhat irregular.
A Fragment of a Confession, anonymously in John Woolford and Daniel Karlin demonstrate that in using the dramatic monologue format, Browning was primarily interested in the creation and development of dramatic speakers and dramatic situations. InBrowning began publishing a series of poems and dramas under the title Bells and Pomegranates.
A series of dramatic monologues spoken by different characters, the work was based on an Italian murder case. Biographical Information Born in Camberwell, a borough in southeast London, Browning was raised in a relatively affluent environment.
He remained highly prolific throughout the rest of his life. Ryals stresses that the theme of loyalty unites the poems in this volume, and that this theme is often expressed in an ironic manner.
Because Browning had not been raised as an Anglican, he was unable to attend the major English universities, Oxford and Cambridge. In his next work, ParacelsusBrowning established the objective framework offered by a more dramatic form and was thus able to distance himself from the characters in the poem.
Critical Reception Contemporary critical acclaim evaded Browning for many years. The volume was followed shortly thereafter by his masterpiece, The Ring and the Book Robert Browning — English poet and dramatist. Browning died in while visiting his son in Venice.
David Shaw likewise contends that there is no central viewpoint in The Ring and the Book and maintains that while Browning ranks the authority of the characters in the poem, the poet creates no central authority figure.
Instead, in he entered the recently-founded London University but terminated his studies after less than one year. Throughout his career, he honed the dramatic monologue, elevating the form to a new level.
The twelve dramatic monologues, delivered by different characters, have led critics to question which, if any, of these characters serves as the moral authority, or center, of the poem. His father was a well-read clerk for the Bank of England, and his mother was a strict Congregationalist. Browning then returned to England, and after a period of literary inactivity, he began writing again.
The dramatic monologue is based on the life of the Renaissance chemist Paracelsus, and the work received largely positive critical reviews. Browning then published Sordello inalso based on a Renaissance subject, but the poem was less than favorably received by the critics, many of whom found it obscure and affected.
Beginning in the early s he attended the nearby Peckam School, where he studied for four years. It was not until the s, and in particular the publication of Dramatis Personae inthat Browning achieved major critical and popular success.
Though Browning was eventually considered a premier Victorian poet, his critical reputation was hard won.The essay by John Hollander was previously unobtaineble. It identifies the detailed musical images found in Brownings writing. Robert Browning ( - ) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.
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This title complies a selection of critical articles by various authors on the poetry of Robert Browning.
The editor has collected a number of important general studies of Browning’s mind and art by English and American critics, as well as studies on individual poems. Note: Citations are based on reference standards.
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Included are essays by Henry James, George Santayana, Percy Lubbock, Edwin Muir, John Stuart Mill, Elmer Edgar Stoll, Richard D. Altick, and many others.Download