Critical appreciation of Robert Browning poems.

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Harpal Bal 11G1                GCSE Literature Coursework

                                Pre- 1900 Poetry

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Critical appreciation of Robert Browning pomes.

“My Last Duchess and Porphoryia’s Lover”

   Robert Browning was one of the great poets of the Victorian age. He was on born 7th May 1812 in Camberwell and he died on the 2nd December 1889. Robert Browning got secretly married to Elizabeth Barrett in 1846 and went on to live in Italy.

   Browning became an admirer of Elizabeth's Barrett’s poetry in 1844. He began corresponding with her by letter. This was the start of one of the world's most famous romances. Their courtship lasted until 1846 when they were married. The couple moved to Italy that same year.

   Robert Browning did not become recognized as a poet, until after Elizabeth's death in 1861. After which, he was honoured for the rest of his life as a literary figure. Although Robert Browning wrote in many poetic forms, his most successful was the dramatic monologue. In his monologues, he spoke in the voice of an imaginary or historical character. Most of his monologues portray people at dramatic moments in their lives.

   In the Victorian age, love marriages were very rare. The daughters had to obey their parents. If a couple were madly in love they had to resort to eloping

   A monologue is defined as a poem in which a single character is speaking to a person(s) – usually about an important topic. The purpose of the most dramatic monologues is to provide the reader with and overall intimate view of the characters personality. A great poet can use punctuation and rhyme to make the poem appear as if it was an actual conversation.

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   One of Robert Browning’s best piece of work was published in 1842. It was called ‘My Last Duchess’. My Last Duchess is portrayed as a jealous arrogant man who is very controlling over his wife. The Duke was made jealous by everything that his wife did.

    The Duke was a Renaissance nobleman. He was only concerned with material things, wealth and power (Has a portrait of his wife). The Duke is a very possessive man. The Duke only wanted to keep his wife to himself and use her like a fashion accessory. He did want his wife ...

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