At a glance:
- Author: Robert Browning
- First Published: 1855
- Characters: Karshish, Abib, Lazarus
- Genres: Poetry, Epistolary literature, Narrative poetry
- Subjects: Religion, Doctors, Jews or Jewish life, Christianity, Letter writing, Death or dying, Legends, Bible, biblical imagery, or biblical symbolism, Biblical times, Miracles, Jesus Christ, Afterlife, Letters, Arabs
- Locales: Asia, Holy Land
Nineteenth century English poet Robert Browning is best known as a master of the dramatic monologue, a poetic form that includes a specific speaker and an identifiable audience. Browning’s monologues frequently use dramatic irony, a situation in which a reader of a poem understands something about the speaker, through his own words, that the speaker does not know himself.
“An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish, the Arab Physician,” written in blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter), is in the form of a letter written by Karshish,...
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