Fun Facts Friday: Robert Browning
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 8, 2015

Robert Browning (8 May, 1812 – 12 December, 1889) was an English poet with a flair for the dramatic. Works by Robert Browning Browning was educated at home and lived many years under his parents’ roof while fostering a literary career. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and playwright William Shakespeare were a major influence on Mr. Browning. When a collection of letters by Shelley was discovered, Browning wrote the preface. Later, it was discovered that the letters were fake and the collection never published; however, Browning’s preface remains an important piece due to its famous distinction between “objective” and “subjective” writers. Browning wrote poetry as dramatic monologues because his plays were poorly received and the drama was not suited for the theatre. Famous poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning (“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”) was his wife. During her life, she was the more famous of the two. Even though Mr. Browning was a citizen of the British Empire, he spent almost a quarter of his life in Italy, which was a large influence of his work. Browning ’s poem The Ring and the Book is made out of 20,000 lines. Robert Browning died on the day…

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