Robert Browning was born on May 7, 1812 Camberwell, London and died in 1889, the same day that his final volume of Asolando was published. He is buried in Poet'sCorner of Westminister Abbey. Robert Browning was a masterful English poet during the Victorian age and has Robert_Browning.jpgbeen recognized for his expertise in creating dramatic monologue and psychological portraiture. His most famous work is The Ring and the Book (1868-69).

Popular Works:
  • Men and Women (1855)
  • Dramatis Personae (1861)
  • The Ring and the Book (1868-9)
  • The Album (1875)
  • Asolando (1889)

Quotes:
"Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first were made:
Our times are in his hand
Who said, 'A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half'; trust God: see all, nor be afraid"

"A man can have but one life and one death"

"One heaven, one hell"

Robert Browning suffered from hostile incomprehension or misplaced admiration, both of which arise from the failure to recognize the dramatic nature of his work. The bulk of his writing was meant for theatre, which meant that his works consisted of a narrative spoken by a single character and amplified his comments and circumstances. By taking this he applied it to his major poems and crafted obscure messages deliberately placed to inspire a deeper meaning.

Browning's works are related to the issues plaguing art and morality; ways that social power could be used or misused. Many of his works are based on the character itself and their internal struggles while exploring the depths of self-consciousness and self-representation. It is because of this way of questioning that Browning was able to pursue controversial topics that still hold value in the 21st century. It could also be said that his works are an exploration of the human character and motives, some examples include J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" and Toni Morrison's "Beloved".

Modern Connection: http://www.psychologymajors.com/psychology-the-study-of-the-human-mind

Links:
The Ring and the Book: http://www.classicauthors.net/Browning/TheRingBook/
Browning's Influence: http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/rb/rbinf.html
Famous Poems: http://www.love-poems.me.uk/biography_browning_robert.htm
Applying Modern Theory to "My Last Duchess": http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/rb/duchess/pva264.html

Primary Source:
Browning, Robert. My last duchess Ferrara. Champaign, Ill.: Project Gutenberg, 199. Print.


Secondary Sources:
"Robert Browning." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online . Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. Web. 04 Feb. 2011. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/81841/Robert-Browning>.
"Robert Browning" Wikipedia. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia, 2011. Web. 04 Feb. 2011.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Browning>

Tertiary Sources:
"Robert Browning Quotes" ThinkExist. ThinkEsixt.com. Web. 04 Feb. 2011.
<http://thinkexist.com/quotes/robert_browning/>
"SparkNotes: Robert Browning's Poetry" SparkNotes. SparkNotes.com Web. 04 Feb. 2011.
<http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/browning/analysis.html>

Very neat format and very informative, thought there are no primary sources.
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Jordan: I found your writing piece to be quite detailed and well structured. I didn't understand what you were referring to by "modern connections" in the sentence:
"Browning's modern connections were about the issues plaguing art and morality." This term does not apply in that context. I was also unsure about your usage of the word "persona" in the section: "Many of his works are based on the character itself and their internal struggles while exploring the depths of self-consciousness and self-representation." It is because of this persona that Browning was able to pursue controversial topics that still hold value in the 21st century." My understanding of the word is that it either means: 1. the narrator of or a character in a literary work, sometimes identified with the author. or 2. a person's perceived or evident personality, as that of a well-known official, actor, or celebrity; personal image; public role. Assuming you were using the word according to the second definition it may make more sense to use the term "Literary persona", which would be more specific to his writing personality rather than his "perceived or evident personality" as the word "persona" would imply.
Another issue to address with this article is the fact that it lacks any in-text citation. Please add MLA in-text citation according to the rules and format of MLA citation. Good job!

Thanks for all the reviews guys, much appreciated.