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His most noted work was The Ring and the Book —69the story of a Roman murder trial in 12 books. The son of a clerk in the Bank of England in London, Browning received only a slight formal education, although his father gave him a grounding in Greek and Latin.
In he attended classes at the University of London but left after half a session.
Apart from a journey to St. Petersburg in with George de Benkhausen, the Russian consul general, and two short visits to Italy in andhe lived with his parents in London untilfirst at Camberwell and after at Hatcham.
During this period —46 he wrote his early long poems and most of his plays. A Fragment of a Confessionanonymousalthough formally a dramatic monologue, embodied many of his own adolescent passions and anxieties.
In he published Paracelsus and in Sordello, both poems dealing with men of great ability striving to reconcile the demands of their own personalities with those of the world.
Encouraged by the actor Charles Macready, Browning devoted his main energies for some years to verse drama, a form that he had already adopted for Strafford In that year he met Elizabeth Barrett. In her Poems Barrett had included lines praising Browning, who wrote to thank her January In May they met and soon discovered their love for each other.
Barrett had, however, been for many years an invalid, confined to her room and thought incurable. Her father, moreover, was a dominant and selfish man, jealously fond of his daughter, who in turn had come to depend on his love.
When her doctors ordered her to Italy for her health and her father refused to allow her to go, the lovers, who had been corresponding and meeting regularly, were forced to act.
They were married secretly in September ; a week later they left for Pisa. Throughout their married life, although they spent holidays in France and England, their home was in Italy, mainly at Florence, where they had a flat in Casa Guidi.
Their income was small, although after the birth of their son, Robert, in Mrs. Browning produced comparatively little poetry during his married life. Men and Women, however, had no great sale, and many of the reviews were unfavourable and unhelpful.
Disappointed for the first time by the reception of his work, Browning in the following years wrote little, sketching and modeling in clay by day and enjoying the society of his friends at night. In the autumn he returned slowly to London with his young son. At first he avoided company, but gradually he accepted invitations more freely and began to move in society.
Another collected edition of his poems was called for inbut Pauline was not included. In —69 he published his greatest work, The Ring and the Book, based on the proceedings in a murder trial in Rome in Grand alike in plan and execution, it was at once received with enthusiasm, and Browning was established as one of the most important literary figures of the day.
For the rest of his life he was much in demand in London society. He spent his summers with friends in France, Scotland, or Switzerland or, afterin Italy.
The most important works of his last years, when he wrote with great fluency, were the long narrative or dramatic poems, often dealing with contemporary themes, such as Prince Hohenstiel-SchwangauFifine at the FairRed Cotton Night-Cap CountryThe Inn Albumand the two series of Dramatic Idyls and In recent weeks, both within my practice and through emails from site visitors (all women), I’ve heard about several men who have tried to destroy the reputation of their ex-wives with a ruthless and quite thorough assault on their public characters.
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It is a triolet, an adorable medieval French form that had just been popularized in English by Robert Bridges. The flower imagery that runs through the poem and is constantly intertwined with the details of domestic life demonstrates once again how the garden actually functions as an important and inevitable part of the domestic space in the poetry of Eavan Boland.
Welcome to my poetry garden. Pluck what you like and leave behind what you mightn't. I thanking you in advance for your graciousness. If, by any chance, any contradiction is found anywhere, bear in mind that ones understanding grows and enlarges with time, and as one journeys through life.