Browning: Selected Poems (Longman Annotated English Poets) by Robert Browning

By Robert Browning

Robert Browning (1812 – 1889) used to be one of many defining figures of the Victorian age. well-known in his lifetime for his elopement and marriage to Elizabeth Barratt, his severe attractiveness grew progressively within the years following her early demise. Browning’s mastery of dramatic verse used to be glaring all through his occupation, from such chillingly unforgettable monologues as ‘My final Duchess’ and ‘Porphyria’ to the mature paintings incorporated in his assortment Dramatis Personae. this option, selected through top students, unearths the innovation, complexity and profound mental perception that experience ensured Browning’s enduring popularity and his carrying on with entice readers today.

Browning: chosen Poems effects from a totally clean appraisal of the canon, textual content and context of the writer’s paintings. The poems are awarded within the order in their composition and within the textual content within which they have been first released, giving a special perception into the improvement of Browning’s paintings. An creation and chronology supply invaluable heritage fabric, when annotations and headnotes offer information of composition, book, assets and modern reception. This authoritative but available choice should still turn into the 1st element of reference for student, scholar and normal reader alike.

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He will break a hundred fetters if they keep him from my hand. ” 9 A Thousand Souls of Mine ◆ Lord of Beauty, Lord of Grace, Enter my soul like one who enters a garden in bloom. One glance from you and stones turn to rubies. One hint from you and every goal is within reach. Come, come, you are the life and salvation of man. Come, come, you are the eye and light of Joseph. Touch my head for your touch removes the darkness of the body. Come, come, for you bestow beauty and grace. Come, come, for you are the cure of a thousand ills.

Everyone hears according to his own understanding, None has searched for the secrets within me. My secret is found in my lament— But an eye or ear without light cannot know it. . ” The sound of the reed comes from fire, not wind— What use is one’s life without this fire? It is the fire of love that brings music to the reed. It is the ferment of love that gives taste to the wine. The song of the reed soothes the pain of lost love. Its melody sweeps the veils from the heart. Can there be a poison so bitter or a sugar so sweet As the song of the reed?

I said, O bird, do not fly into the hunter’s net; Come toward me, for I am the power that moves your wings, that lifts you through the sky. I said, They’ll capture you and put you on ice; I am the fire and the warmth of your true yearning. I said, They will cover you with water and clay; You will forget that I am your taintless beginning. 14 I said, No one can tell how my work will manifest for I create the world from all sides. Let your heart’s light guide you to my house. Let your heart’s light show you that we are one.

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