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Robert Browning

Browning, c. 1888 (Source: Wikipedia)

Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of the dramatic monologue made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known for their ironycharacterization, dark humour, social commentary, historical settings, and challenging vocabulary and syntax.

Browning's early career began promisingly, but collapsed. The long poems Pauline and Paracelsus received some acclaim, but in 1840 the difficult Sordello, which was seen as wilfully obscure, brought his poetry into disrepute. His reputation took more than a decade to recover, during which time he moved away from the Shelleyan forms of his early period and developed a more personal style. (Read more in the source: Wikipedia)


Search 'Browning' in our literature databases, Blooms to find biographical information and literary criticism.
We recommend signing up for a free library card from the State Library of Victoria to access their databases (AustLit, Gale Literary Sources and Informit Literature and Culture). There is also an excellent guide: English and literature guide for VCE.


Fra Filippo Lippi - artist

Browning's poem "Fr Lippo Lippi" is based on Renaissance artist Fra Filippo Lippi.

Fra Filippo Lippi, Madonna and Child (detail)

Mary and Child - Byzantine style

Byzantium and early Renaissance art
From Byzantine art to High Renaissance