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Robert Browning was born on May 7 1812 in Camberwell which is now a part of London He had no real formal education so he was largely self educated His father was a smart man with an extensive library His mother was kindly religious minded woman who loved music and her brilliant son He lived at his parents house almost until the time of his marriage He attended a boarding school near Camberwell and spent a little bit of his time traveling to places like Russia and Italy But he preferred to have his education at home where he was tutored in foreign languages boxing music and horsemanship and where he read omnivorously At the age of 14 he first discovered Percy Shelly works and was strongly influenced by it After reading Shelly He made the decision to be an atheist and a liberal But in a few years he grew away from atheism and the extreme phases of his liberalism The things he learned from the books he read would largely influence his poems later in his life His earlier poetry was regarded with indifference and largely misunderstood It was not until the 1860s that he would at last gain publicity and would even be compared with Alfred Lord Tennyson another very famous poet of the time Some of his early poetry was influenced by his unusual education The poet also had an anxious desire to avoid exposing himself explicitly to his readers The first poem he wrote called Pauline was written in 1883 at the age of twenty-one but he did not sign it because of his fear of exposing himself to the public too much 1Since Browning did not want to expose himself too personally he decided to try his hand at writing plays He was encouraged by the actor WC Macready Browning began work on his first
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