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Robert Browning one of the most talented poets of the Victorian period is famous especially for his dramatic monologues Often these long poems deal with such issues as love death and faith Much of his work is directly reflective of his life and of those issues that were of direct concern to him One conflict seen throughout Brownings poetry is one of spirituality His poetry forms a spiritual timeline it reveals his spiritual influences and opinions It formed his own Bible of beliefs which he possessed Because Brownings views on spirituality changed his poetry also gives insight on the internal conflicts within his life The paper will explore Robert Brownings spiritual journey as is reflective in his poetry Robert Browning was born in Camberwell near London England on May 7 1812 He was raised by his father also Robert Browning and by his deeply religious mother Sarah Anna Weideman-Browning His often indulgent parents gave him the freedom to explore new literary and philosophical ideas of the time period yet he was also instructed to believe the unexplained mysteries of the Christian faithMiller 1953 His mother who had strong ties to the congregational church took great time to instruct Robert in his religious studies With this open atmosphere however Browning exhibited signs of disinterest in religion during his early childhood The town preacher in fact found it necessary to publicly scold for restlessness and inattention Master Robert Browningas cited inMiller 1953 p9 Robert Brownings tendency toward skepticism was recorded early onRobert Brownings first deviation from his faith was at the age of fifteen or sixteen His primary influences were the Flower family and the writing of PB Shelley Browning often traveled to the Flowers house to discuss music poetry and aethism Irvine Honan 1974 Eliza Flower with whom Browning was infatuated was an influence in Brownings aethism She was one of the primary influences that
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