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 serious attractiveness grew progressively within the years following her early loss of life. Browning’s mastery of dramatic verse was once glaring all through his occupation, from such chillingly unforgettable monologues as ‘My final Duchess’ and ‘Porphyria’ to the mature paintings integrated in his assortment Dramatis Personae. this option, selected through major students, unearths the innovation, complexity and profound mental perception that experience ensured Browning’s enduring acceptance and his carrying on with entice readers today.

Browning: chosen Poems effects from a very 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 distinct perception into the advance of Browning’s artwork. An advent and chronology provide beneficial history fabric, while annotations and headnotes offer information of composition, e-book, assets and modern reception. This authoritative but obtainable choice should still turn into the 1st aspect of reference for student, pupil and basic reader alike.

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A man he was to all the country dear, And passing rich with forty pounds a year. Remote from towns he ran his godly race, Nor e'er had changed, nor wish'd to change, his place; Unskilful he to fawn, or seek for power By doctrines fashion'd to the varying hour; Far other aims his heart had learn'd to prize, More bent to raise the wretched than to rise. His house was known to all the vagrant train; He chid their wanderings, but relieved their pain; The long-remember'd beggar was his guest, OLIVER GOLDSMITH 513 Whose beard descending swept his aged breast; The ruin'd spendthrift, now no longer proud, Claim'd kindred there, and had his claims allow'd; The broken soldier, kindly bid to stay, Sat by his fire, and talk'd the night away;— Wept o'er his wounds, or, tales of sorrow done, Shoulder'd his crutch, and show'd how fields were won.

His mother from the window look'd With all the longing of a mother; His little sister weeping walk'd The green-wood path to meet her brother; They sought him east, they sought him west, They sought him all the forest thorough; They only saw the cloud of night, They only heard the roar of Yarrow. HENRY FIELDING No longer from thy window look— Thou hast no son, thou tender mother! No longer walk, thou lovely maid; Alas, thou hast no more a brother! No longer seek him east or west And search no more the forest thorough; For, wandering in the night so dark, He fell a lifeless corpse in Yarrow.

Sweet were his words when last we met; My passion I as freely told him; Clasp'd in his arms, I little thought That I should never more behold him! Scarce was he gone, I saw his ghost; It vanish'd with a shriek of sorrow; Thrice did the water-wraith ascend, And gave a doleful groan thro' Yarrow. His mother from the window look'd With all the longing of a mother; His little sister weeping walk'd The green-wood path to meet her brother; They sought him east, they sought him west, They sought him all the forest thorough; They only saw the cloud of night, They only heard the roar of Yarrow.

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