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Robert Browning English poet noted for his mastery of dramatic monologue Robert Browning was long unsuccessful as a poet and financially dependent upon his family until he was well into adulthood In his best works people from the past reveal their thoughts and lives as if speaking or thinking aloud Be sure I looked up her eyes --Happy and proud at last I knew Porphyria worshipped me surprise --Made my heart swell and still it grew --While I debated what to do That moment she was mine mine fair --Perfectly pure and good I found A thing to do and all her hair --In one long yellow string I wound --Three times her little throat around And strangled her No pain felt she --I am quite sure she felt no pain From Porphyrias Lover in Dramatic Lyrics 1842 Robert Browning was born in Camberwell south London as the son of Robert Browning a wealthy clerk in the Bank of England and Sarah Anna Wiedemann of German-Scottish origin Robert Browning Senior had spent in his youth some time on the Caribbean island of St Kitts where he becomes disgusted at the slaves treatment Back at England he thought of a career of an artist but eventually accepted his job at the bank Sarah Anna loved music and gardening The historian Thomas Carlyle called her the true type of a Scottish gentlewoman Browning received scant formal education However his father encouraged him to read and he had access to his large 6000 vols library The book collection filled most of the third storey at the familys house at New Cross In his teens Browning discovered Shelley adopting the authors confessionalism in poetry His first poems Browning wrote under the influence of Shelley who also inspired him to adopt atheist principles for a time At the age of 16 he began to study at newly established London University returning home after a brief period At home his
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