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Introduction to Robert Browning

By Corson, Hiram

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Title: Introduction to Robert Browning  
Author: Corson, Hiram
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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PREFACE: The purpose of the present volume is to afford some aid and guidance in the study of Robert Browning's Poetry, which, being the most complexly subjective of all English poetry, is, for that reason alone, the most difficult. And then the poet's favorite art-form, the dramatic, or, rather, psychologic, monologue, which is quite original with himself, and peculiarly adapted to the constitution of his genius and to the revelation of themselves by the several dramatis personae, presents certain structural difficulties, but difficulties which, with an increased familiarity, grow less and less. The exposition presented in the Introduction, of its constitution and skilful management, and the Arguments given of the several poems included in the volume, will, it is hoped, reduce, if not altogether remove, the difficulties of this kind. In the same section of the Introduction, certain peculiarities of the poet's diction, which sometimes give a check to the reader's understanding of a passage, are presented and illustrated.

Table of Contents
· PREFACE. · Note to the Second Edition. · Note to the Third Edition. · INTRODUCTION. · I. The Spiritual Ebb and Flow exhibited in English Poetry from Chaucer to Tennyson and Browning. · Popularity. · II. The Idea of Personality and of Art as an intermediate agency of Personality, as embodied in Browning's Poetry. · 2. The Idea of Personality as embodied in Browning's Poetry. · 3. Art as an Intermediate Agency of Personality. · III. Mr. Browning's Obscurity. · `My Last Duchess' · IV. Browning's Verse. · V. Arguments of the Poems. · POEMS. · Wanting is — What? · My Star. · The Flight of the Duchess. · 1. · 2. · 3. · 4. · 5.


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