Robert Browning

Robert Browning Poems

Robert Browning was an English poet born in 1812. He is considered one of the preeminent Victorian poets of the period. His work is noted for its dark humor, historical commentary, and challenging syntax. He published numerous long poems throughout his career, including The Ring and the Book. 

The Confessional

by Robert Browning

‘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

‘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.

Escape me?

Never—

Beloved!

While I am I, and you are you,

So long as the world contains us both,

Summum Bonum

by Robert Browning

‘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:

A Face

by Robert Browning

Written in response to fellow poet Coventry Patmore’s poem The Angel in the House (1854), ‘A Face’ by Robert Browning explores the poet’s fascination with a lady’s portrait, particularly her facial features depicted in it.

A Toccata of Galuppi’s

by Robert Browning

‘A Toccata of Galuppi’s’ by Robert Browning features the renowned Venetian composer of the 18th-century, Baldassare Galuppi, and his musical composition or toccata.

A Woman’s Last Word

by Robert Browning

‘A Woman’s Last Word’ by Robert Browning is made up of a wife’s request to her husband that they stop arguing for the night and enter into a peaceful sleep. 

Among the Rocks

by Robert Browning

‘Among the Rocks’ is a beautiful lyric poem written from the perspective of James Lee’s wife, a character of Robert Browning’s collection, Dramatis Personae (1864).

Boot and Saddle

by Robert Browning

‘Boot and Saddle’ was first published in 1842 under the title ‘My Wife Gertrude’ in Browning’s collection Dramatic Lyrics. This

Confessions

by Robert Browning

Robert Browning’s dramatic monologue ‘Confessions,’ as the title says, is written in the confessional mode and is about a speaker’s secretive meetings with a girl.

Epilogue

by Robert Browning

‘Epilogue’ is a perfect bid-adieu poem to leave behind amidst a great body of poetic works if one is as great a poet as Victorian-era maestro Robert Browning.

Fra Lippo Lippi

by Robert Browning

‘Fra Lippo Lippi’ by Robert Browning details the difficult, tumultuous, and sometimes scandalous life of the painter Fra Lippo Lippi.

Love Among the Ruins

by Robert Browning

‘Love Among the Ruins’ by Robert Browning is a Victorian, dramatic poem that uses the metaphor of a destroyed city to speak on love and nature. 

Love in a Life

by Robert Browning

‘Love in a Life’ is Browning’s unending quest to find his lover in the numerous rooms of their house. By the end, he still has not found her, which alludes to the possibility that the search will continue.

Meeting at Night

by Robert Browning

‘Meeting at Night’ by Robert Browning was originally featured in Dramatic Romances and Lyrics, which was published in 1845. Here, the poet narrates how the lyrical voice sails across the sea to reach his beloved.

Memorabilia

by Robert Browning

As the first two stanzas of ‘Memorabilia’ suggest, this piece springs from an encounter that Browning had with someone who met

My Last Duchess

by Robert Browning

‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning is a well-known dramatic monologue. It suggests that the speaker has killed his wife and will soon do the same to the next.

Now

by Robert Browning

Robert Browning’s ‘Now’ describes a perfect moment of ecstasy between two lovers, capturing it in an improvisation on the traditional sonnet form.

Pippa’s Song

by Robert Browning

‘Pippa’s Song’ celebrates the “rightness” of the world in a deceptively light-hearted and peaceful moment.

Porphyria’s Lover

by Robert Browning

Robert Browning’s poem, ‘Porphyria’s Lover,’ opens up with a classic setting of a stormy evening. It is a story of a deranged and lovesick man.

Prospice

by Robert Browning

In ‘Prospice’ by Robert Browning, the speaker talks of facing death bravely and being reunited with his soulmate. Read the poem, with a complete analysis.

The Lost Leader

by Robert Browning

In ‘The Lost Leader’, Browning criticises those who have abandoned liberal political ideologies and embraced the conservative lifestyle.

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