Robert Browning's popular poems The Pied Piper of Hamelin and How They Brought the Good News are often anthologised, but it is in his dramatic lyrics such as My Last Duchess and the chilling Porphyria's Lover that his poetic genius shines. Browning, with his unusual use of language, can be a challenging poet, but one who is always rewarding.
This selection shows the many imaginative facets of this often neglected Victorian poet.
"Here is a fine selection of poetry from the great innovator of the dramatic monologue: Robert Browning. Imbued with psychological penetration, lively wit, and colloquial exuberance which were hitherto alien to Victorian poetry, Browning's poetry was remarkable for its time. His expert mimicry of voices from across the breadth of human nature makes for entertaining listening, and the characters that he depicts, such as the notoriously creepy and possessive Duke, are utterly fascinating. The theatrical talents of David Timson bring Browning's verse to life and this popular anthology stands out as an exceptional addition to our growing 'Great Poets' series. The collection includes such favourites as The Pied Piper of Hamlyn, Home Thoughts from Abroad, My Last Duchess, Pippa's Song and many others.