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- On May 7, 1812, Robert Browning was born in Camberwell, London, England. His parents were Robert, a senior bank clerk and Sarah Anna Browning, an amateur pianist. Young Robert was exposed to a variety of books in different languages because of his father’s collection.
- At the age of five, he was proficient in reading and writing. His well-read parents taught him at home. By 14, he learned Greek, French and Latin. Browning was homeschooled by various tutors in music, horsemanship, drawing, as well as dancing for two years.
- Browning showed early interests in poetry. When he was twelve, the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley inspired him.
- In 1828, his parents decided to enroll him at the University of London, but he dropped out after half a year.
- Browning married Elizabeth Barrett, a poet, in 1846. The couple moved to Florence, Italy, and had a son three years later. In 1861, Elizabeth died and Robert and their son moved back to London.
Robert Browning’s Literary Career
- In 1833, Browning anonymously published his first work, Pauline. His family financially supported his writing and publishing.
- Two years later, Paracelsus was published featuring a Renaissance alchemist. It was modestly received and criticized, but gained him acquaintances including William Wordsworth and Thomas Carlyle.
- In 1837, Browning tried writing dramatic plays including Strafford and the Bells and Pomegranates, both were unsuccessful.
- By 1840, Sordello was published and failed to gain readers. After several failures, Browning finally got his inspiration through his wife. In 1855, Men and Women, a collection of poems dedicated to Elizabeth, was published. Today it is regarded as one of his best works.
- Browning’s Dramatis Personae was published followed by The Ring and the Book in 1869. The latter gained him a respected spot in the sphere of Victorian poets.
- His poem was widely acclaimed as it narrated a 17th-century murder trial of a Roman killing his wife and her family.
Later Life, Death, and Legacy
- In 1881, The Browning Society was established. Six years later, he received an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from Balliol College at Oxford University.
- On December 12, 1889, Robert Browning died in Venice, the same day that the final volume of Asolando was published. He was later buried at the Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, London.
- His works inspired authors like Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot.
- Some of his famous works include Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came (1855), My Last Duchess (1842), Pippa Passes (1841), Dramatic Lyrics (1842), Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845), and The Bishop Orders His Tomb (published with Dramatic Romances and Lyrics).
Robert Browning Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about English poet & playwright Robert Browning across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Robert Browning worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about Robert Browning who was an English poet and playwright known for his dramatic monologues. The Ring and the Book was arguably his most famous work composed of 21 000 lines of verse.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Robert Browning Facts
- Master of Dramatic Verse
- Victorian Poets
- Color Browning
- Book Stacking
- Browning Library
- Porphyria’s Lover
- Read and Illustrate
- Dramatic Monologue
- Poets’ Corner
- Picture Words
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