Robert Browning, never the time or the place

This is a relatively short poem, made up of one stanza. Browning speaks of a family reunion or perhaps a reunion of lovers. This reunion is a happy one where “in the loved one altogether!” Furthermore, there reunion is happy despite the fact that the setting is not. Browning describes the house as “narrow, the place is bleak.” He then goes on to say that the outside is likewise bleak, “outside, rain and wind combined.” Despite the setting, and despite everything the reunion could be, the speaker in his lover are happy, cozy, and warm. Finally, Browning indicates that this had not always been the case. Earlier in the home, he states that the speaker and the lover had malice in their words but nevertheless hopes that the future is brighter.

Robert Browning, My last Duchess

This is a beautiful poem about a beautiful painting. Browning writes the poem and first-person and refers to the painting of the Duchess with a lot of reverie. He appears in awe of the painting’s beauty. He describes the Duchess refers to the audience as strangers. Perhaps he’s trying to say that all people with the paintings are strangers. They come to the museum and they look at paintings in order to connect to some part of the past or to the person pictured in the painting. And though these people tend to leave museums feeling as if they’ve met someone, they haven’t really met anyone at all, just painting on the wall. And thus they remain strangers.

Robert Browning, home – thoughts, from abroad

This is a relatively short poem broken up into two stanzas. It reads like a love story to England in which the speaker reminiscences about its beauty in the spring. At the end of the first stanza signifies the speakers urgency to be in England now! Browning uses nature and things found in nature like swallows and pear trees to showcase the beauty that he remembers. It is unclear where Browning resided when he wrote this poem but the place appears to have “gaudy melon – flowers!” What is particularly interesting is that the speaker reminiscence about England in its best light but sees no beauty around him.

Robert Browning, A Grammarian’s Funeral

This is a relatively long poem that spans more than four pages. It has an interesting structure in which the first line is relatively long in the second is quite short. Browning addresses the reader in second person and makes use of words such as us, we, and our. The third page the poem seems to me to be like the list of aphorisms. There is a long tradition in intelligentsia circles to leave their home behind and headed for the city. Cities are representative of life and learning the kind of culture that the country does not have.Post