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  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (December 23, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486277836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486277837
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leeper on August 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have started to read a bit on Browning and decided to get an idea of his poetry. Given the price of this book, this was a good choice.
Browning covered a lot of ideas, and all are written very intelligently. Reading through this book though, may cause you to scratch your head. If you read it, enjoy each selection rather than try to read straight through.
This is what I mean by the arrangement; I poem on the killing of a loved one (Porphyria's Lover) precedes the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The jump in ideas can slow you down a bit. The arrangement is logical in that the editors printed the poems in groups according to the collection they were originally published in. These collections, in turn, are arranged in chronological order. This is good because you can watch Browning's work as time progresses.
There are 42 poems in this selection. It does include the great ones (I will abbreviate titles) like Andrea del Sarto, Caliban upon Setebos, Karshish, Childe Roland, My Last Duchess, Fra Lippo Lippi, The Bishop Orders His Tomb, Johannes Agricola, and others.
I would recommend this book for reflecting on the occasional work of a great poet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on February 21, 2010
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Robert Browning is one of the most original, influential, and controversial English poets. Though particularly deft in blank verse, he mastered a wide array of forms and techniques, making him one of the language's most diverse poets in terms of form. One of his most striking aspects is how immediately different he is from his Victorian contemporaries whose formalism and tendency toward flowery lyricism made them the object of Modernist contempt. In stunning contrast, Browning is vibrant and effusive, positively overflowing with vigor and energy. Frequent use of traditional forms, and especially strict meter and rhyme adherence, ensure he could never be mistaken for later poets, but post-Victorian poetry's arc runs most clearly through him. His diction was revolutionary, sometimes aping actual speech with stunning success while remaining poetic in a way that, say, Alfred Tennyson would never have even considered. More often, he did the opposite - scaled verbal heights so fearsome that few would have even dared attempt them. In addition, he is England's most fearless rhymer and rivaled only by Edgar Allan Poe as the most fearless in the language. Subject matter was also of immense importance to Browning's uniqueness and influence. In contrast to most nineteenth century poets, who focused largely on personal matters and nature, he dealt with seemingly everything else, covering an astonishing variety of historical, artistic, philosophical, theological, and ethical ground. It is easy to exaggerate this aspect, because Browning wrote often and movingly about love, and some other poems may metaphorically deal with personal concerns. He was also notable for frequent humor use.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katie on May 8, 2003
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Robert Browning is a treat, especially to read out loud. This book includes "My Last Duchess," of course, and some great poems like "The Bishop Ordering His Tomb" and "Fra Lippo Lippi." I like to think of Robert Browning as the first poet of the twentieth century since he really can't be put in a box with Tennyson or other popular poets of his own time. Also, he had a big influence on Ezra Pound who, in turn, had a big influence on many popular poets today.
Dover Thrift Editions are surprisingly well-constructed - they'll outlast, say, your Oxford World Classics paperbacks - and the poetry is usually very well selected. Oh...and they're cheap!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27, 2005
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"Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made"

Browning is the poet of the dramatic monologue, the story told through the voice of a principal speaker, often an ironical one. Browning is an intellectual and moral poet whose work has a kind of toughness and strength. The poems in this small collection are among his most memorable and anthologized.

An excellent collection for coming to know one of the major Victorian English poets.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2000
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Robert Browning's poetyr is more difficult than his contmeporaries, arnold and tennyson (the lower-cases are intentional) and much better. Reading "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" makes one wonder why Kafka was so uplifting, yet the same poet also writes such charming verse for shildren as "The Pied Piper of Hamlin". A marvelous book!
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