By Robert Browning
The 6th within the projected seventeen-volume paintings, this quantity covers the second one half Men and Women (1855), possibly Browning's most renowned assortment, and everything of Dramatis Personae (1864), the 1st booklet Browning produced after the loss of life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1861.
Men and ladies II comprises a number of nice dramatic poems on which Browning's popularity nonetheless relies, together with "Andrea del Sarto," "Saul," and "Cleon." it's also the extra intimate and private works "The father or mother Angel" and "One note More," in addition to the mysterious "Women and Roses." The Brownings' shared pursuits in Renaissance artwork and nineteenth-century Italian politics tell the difficult "Old images in Florence."
The e-book of Dramatis Personae used to be a key occasion within the speedy upward push of Browning's reputation within the 1860s, even though the gathering is marked through a welter of conflicting impulses that arose after the poet left Italy and his married lifestyles at the back of. The vintage monologues "Rabbi Ben Ezra" and "Abt Vogler" are right here, yet beside them Browning positioned the approximately surreal "Caliban upon Setebos" and the achingly self-regarding "James Lee's Wife," one of many volume's handful of dramatic lyrics approximately betrayed or failed relationships. additionally incorporated are "A dying within the Desert," which contributed to the serious Victorian debate approximately scriptural validity and spiritual authority; and "Mr Sludge, 'The Medium,'" Browning's ferocious, pyrotechnic exposé of a spiritualist fraud.
As continually during this acclaimed sequence, a whole list of textual editions is equipped, in addition to large explanatory notes.
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Well, let smiles buy me! have you more to spend? While hand and eye and something of a heart Are left me, work’s my ware, and what’s it worth? I’ll pay my fancy. Only let me sit The grey remainder of the evening out, Idle, you call it, and muse perfectly How 1 could paint, were I but back in France, One picture, just one more-the Virgin’s face, Not yours this time! I want you at my side To hear them-that is, Michel AgnoloJudge all I do and tell you of its worth. Will you? To-morrow, satisfy your friend.