Robert Browning

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Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of the dramatic monologue made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known for their irony, characterization, dark humour, social commentary, historical settings, and challenging vocabulary and syntax. Browning's early career began promisingly, but was not a success. The long poem Pauline brought him to the attention of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and was followed by Paracelsus, which was praised by Wordsworth and Dickens, but in 1840 the difficult Sordello, which was seen as wilfully obscure, brought his poetry into disrepute. His reputation took more than a decade to recover, during which time he moved away from the Shelleyan forms of his early period and developed a more personal style. In 1846 Browning married the older poet Elizabeth Barrett, who at the time was considera... More

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Robert Browning #Age

Photo of Robert Browning What's a man's age? He must hurry more, that's all Cram in a day, what his youth took a year to hold.
Robert Browning #Age

Photo of Robert Browning What Youth deemed crystal, Age finds out was dew.
Robert Browning #Alone

Photo of Robert Browning Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds?
Robert Browning #Art

Photo of Robert Browning It is the glory and good of Art, That Art remains the one way possible Of speaking truth, to mouths like mine at least.
Robert Browning #Music

Photo of Robert Browning Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
Robert Browning #Beauty

Photo of Robert Browning If you get simple beauty and naught else, you get about the best thing God invents.
Robert Browning #Beauty #Trust

Photo of Robert Browning I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.
Robert Browning #Best

Photo of Robert Browning Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.
Robert Browning #Business

Photo of Robert Browning Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
Robert Browning #Failure #Success

Photo of Robert Browning A minute's success pays the failure of years.
Robert Browning #Faith #Fear #Hope

Photo of Robert Browning Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity These are its sign and note and character.
Robert Browning #Age #Death

Photo of Robert Browning A face to lose youth for, to occupy age With the dream of, meet death with.
Robert Browning #Business

Photo of Robert Browning White shall not neutralize the black, nor good compensate bad in man, absolve him so: life's business being just the terrible choice.
Robert Browning #Alone

Photo of Robert Browning Finds progress, man's distinctive mark alone, Not God's, and not the beast's God is, they are, Man partly is, and wholly hopes to be.
Robert Browning #Love

Photo of Robert Browning Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
Robert Browning #Poetry

Photo of Robert Browning God is the perfect poet.
Robert Browning #Strength

Photo of Robert Browning I count life just a stuff to try the soul's strength on.
Robert Browning #Strength

Photo of Robert Browning The sea heaves up, hangs loaded o'er the land, Breaks there, and buries its tumultuous strength.
Robert Browning #Art

Photo of Robert Browning Thou art my single day, God lends to leaven What were all earth else, with a feel of heaven.
Robert Browning #Love #Valentine's Day

Photo of Robert Browning So, fall asleep love, loved by me... for I know love, I am loved by thee.
Robert Browning #Mother's Day

Photo of Robert Browning Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
Robert Browning #Best #Sympathy

Photo of Robert Browning Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.
Robert Browning #Religion

Photo of Robert Browning Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.