Tuesday, May 08, 2012

News at Eleven: What, to me, makes [Robert] Browning the most

significant and exciting poet of the period is the manner in which he linguistically reinvigorated English poetry in the wake of the Romantic Revolution. Wordsworth, in the preface to Lyrical Ballads, had written that the poems "were written chiefly with a view to ascertain how far the language of conversation in the middle and lower classes of society is adapted to the purpose of poetic pleasure".

Browning went a step further with this, capturing the idioms, elisions and eccentricities of the human speaking voice.

from The Scotsman: Remembering Robert Browning--Victorian Britain's greatest poet
then The Guardian: Robert Browning--a poet worth remembering


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