By Robert Browning
The 6th within the projected seventeen-volume paintings, this quantity covers the second one 1/2 Men and Women (1855), probably Browning's most renowned assortment, and the whole lot of Dramatis Personae (1864), the 1st booklet Browning produced after the dying of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1861.
Men and girls II includes a number of nice dramatic poems on which Browning's recognition nonetheless relies, together with "Andrea del Sarto," "Saul," and "Cleon." it is also the extra intimate and private works "The father or mother Angel" and "One notice More," in addition to the mysterious "Women and Roses." The Brownings' shared pursuits in Renaissance paintings and nineteenth-century Italian politics tell the not easy "Old images in Florence."
The e-book of Dramatis Personae used to be a key occasion within the speedy upward push of Browning's repute within the 1860s, although 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 the following, yet beside them Browning put 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 integrated are "A demise 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 continuously during this acclaimed sequence, an entire list of textual variations is equipped, in addition to wide explanatory notes.
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We have time in store. The Artificer’s hand is not arrested With us; we are rough-hewn, nowise polished: They stand for our copy, and, once invested With all they can teach, we shall see them abolished. ‘Tis a life-long toil till our lump be leavenThe better! What’s come to perfection perishes. Things learned on earth, we shall practise in heaven: Works done least rapidly, Art most cherishes. ) “01” Thy great Campanile is still to finish. Is it true that we are now, and shall be hereafter, But what and where depend on life’s minute?
Well, less is more, Lucrezia: I am judged. There burns a truer light of God in them, In their vexed beating stuffed and stopped-up brain, Heart, or whate’er else, than goes on to prompt This low-pulsed forthright craftsman’s hand of mine. Their works drop groundward, but themselves, I know, Reach many a time a heaven that’s shut to me, Enter and take their place there sure enough, Though they come back and cannot tell the world. -1 1888: too-what I DC,BrU:too-when I 63) P:say perfectly 1868:say, perfectly, 1889: too-when I 64) P:judge 1888: judge, 6r1 P:it, 1865:it; 1870:itI 691 P:of all < > lives 1888:of, all < > lives, 68( P:past1865: past: 701 P:agonise 1888:agonize 75) P:afloat, 1863:afloat,761 P:some one 1863: less, Someone 77) P:I < > matter-so 1855: (I < > matter) so 1868:matter)-so r*( P:Well, it is < > Lucrezia!
Even so, you will not sit like Theseus. You would prove a model? The Son of Priam 100 Has yet the advantage in arms’ and knees’ use. You’re wroth-can you slay your snake like Apollo? You’re grieved-still Niobe’s the grander! You live-there’s the Racers’ frieze to follow: You die-there’s the dying Alexander. XIV 105 110 115 120 So, testing your weakness by their strength, Your meagre charms by their rounded beauty, Measured by Art in your breadth and length, You learned-to submit is a mortal’s duty.