‘The Confessional’ by Robert Browning is a dramatic monologue following a woman who is betrayed for her blind faith.
Robert Browning has an exceptional portfolio of dramatic monologue poetry and often uses stories from another character's perspective to influence the audience. He does this exceptionally well in this poem, as the readers follow the journey of a woman who lost her love to a betrayal from the church. In addition, the language he uses captures many incredible emotions from the characters.
It is a lie---their Priests, their Pope,
Their Saints, their ... all they fear or hope
Are lies, and lies---there! through my door
And ceiling, there! and walls and floor,
There, lies, they lie---shall still be hurled
Till spite of them I reach the world!
‘Life in a Love’ by Robert Browning is an obsessive love poem in which a speaker tells the person they’re in love with that no matter how many times they’re torn down; they’re always going to get back up.
Among Robert Browning's poems, this piece is not one of his best or most influential. It is a far lesser-known piece of verse than the work that is considered his best today.
While I am I, and you are you,
So long as the world contains us both,
‘Summum Bonum’ by Robert Browning is a fairly straightforward and memorable poem about love and how it is far more important, and valuable than any beautiful summer day or shining gemstone.
This is not a well-known Robert Browning poem, nor does it adequately represent the skill he was capable of writing. This means the poem is far less influential than most of his other work.
All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee:
All the wonder and wealth of the mine in the heart of one gem:
In the core of one pearl all the shade and the shine of the sea: