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The bulk of his writing before 1846 was for the theatre thereafter his major poems showed his increasing mastery of the dramatic monologue This consists essentially of a narrative spoken by a single character and amplified by his comments on his story and the circumstances in which he is speaking From his own knowledge of the historical or other events described or else by inference from the poem itself the reader is eventually enabled to assess the intelligence and honesty of the narrator and the value of the views he expresses This type of dramatic monologue since it depends on the unconscious provision by the speaker of the evidence by which the reader is to judge him is eminently suitable for the ironist Brownings fondness for this form has however encouraged the two most common misconceptions of the nature of his poetry--that it is deliberately obscure and that its basic message is a facile optimism Neither of these criticisms is groundless both are incomplete But even when individual problems of style and technique have been resolved the poems interest is seldom exhausted First Browning often chooses an unexpected point of view especially in his monologues thus forcing the reader to accept an unfamiliar perspective Second he is capable of startling changes of focus within a poem For example he chooses subjects in themselves insignificant as in Fra Lippo Lippi and Master Hugues of Saxe-Gotha and treats through them the eternal themes of poetry This transition from particular observation to transcendental truth presents much the same challenge to the reader as do the metaphysical poets of the 17th century and much the same excitement Third because Browning seldom presents a speaker without irony there is a constant demand on the reader to appreciate exactly the direction of satiric force in the poem Even in a melodious poem such as A Toccata of Galuppis the valid position must be distinguished from the false at every turn of
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