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Title - Compare and contrast My last Duchess and Porphyrias Lover By Robert Browning Robert Browning was born on May7 1812 in Camberwell England His mother was an accomplished pianist and a devout evangelical Christian His father who worked as a bank clerk was also an artist scholar antiquarian and collector of books and pictures His rare book collection of more than 6000 volumes included works in Greek Hebrew Latin French Italian and Spanish Much of Brownings education came from his well-read father It is believed that he was already proficient at reading and writing by the age of five A bright and anxious student Browning learned Latin Greek and French by the time he was fourteen From fourteen to sixteen he was educated at home attended to by various tutors in music drawing dancing and horsemanship At the age of twelve he wrote a volume of Byronic verse entitled Incondita which his parents attempted unsuccessfully to have published In 1825 a cousin gave Browning a collection of Shelleys poetry Browning was so taken with the book that he asked for the rest of Shelleys works for his thirteenth birthday and declared himself a vegetarian and an atheist in emulation of the poet Despite this early passion he apparently wrote no poems between the ages of thirteen and twenty In 1828 Browning enrolled at the University of London but he soon left anxious to read and learn at his own pace The random nature of his education later surfaced in his writing leading to criticism of his poems obscurities In 1833 Browning anonymously published his first major published work Pauline and in 1840 he published Sordello which was widely regarded as a failure He also tried his hand at drama but his plays including Strafford which ran for five nights in 1837 and the Bells and Pomegranates series were for the most part unsuccessful Nevertheless the techniques he developed through his dramatic monologues--especially his
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