By Robert Browning
The 6th within the projected seventeen-volume paintings, this quantity covers the second one half Men and Women (1855), might be Browning's most renowned assortment, and everything of Dramatis Personae (1864), the 1st e-book Browning produced after the dying of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1861.
Men and girls II comprises a number of nice dramatic poems on which Browning's recognition nonetheless relies, together with "Andrea del Sarto," "Saul," and "Cleon." it is usually the extra intimate and private works "The mum or dad Angel" and "One note More," in addition to the mysterious "Women and Roses." The Brownings' shared pursuits in Renaissance artwork and nineteenth-century Italian politics tell the tough "Old photos in Florence."
The booklet of Dramatis Personae used to be a key occasion within the fast upward push of Browning's status within the 1860s, even though the gathering is marked via a welter of conflicting impulses that arose after the poet left Italy and his married lifestyles at the back of. The vintage monologues "Rabbi Ben Ezra" and "Abt Vogler" are the following, yet beside them Browning put the approximately surreal "Caliban upon Setebos" and the achingly self-regarding "James Lee's Wife," one of many volume's handful of dramatic lyrics approximately betrayed or failed relationships. additionally incorporated are "A loss of life within the Desert," which contributed to the serious Victorian debate approximately scriptural validity and spiritual authority; and "Mr Sludge, 'The Medium,'" Browning's ferocious, pyrotechnic exposé of a spiritualist fraud.
As regularly during this acclaimed sequence, a whole list of textual variations is supplied, in addition to wide explanatory notes.
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