Robert Browning World Literature Analysis - Essay

Robert Browning World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

During his lifetime, Browning was probably appreciated most for his optimistic themes about humankind in a pessimistic era. Typically, Browning offers this self-portrait at the end of the epilogue to Asolando: “One who never turned his back but marched breast forward/ Never doubted clouds would break./ Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph.” Retrospect, however, reveals a greater legacy and a more profound influence, especially on later generations of poets. When Browning began writing, Romanticism dominated poetry with all of its effusive self-indulgence, its confessional nature, its overwhelming Weltschmerz—its supreme subjectivity and preoccupation with the individual poet’s...

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