Memorabilia

By Robert Browning 1812–1889 Robert Browning
   Ah, did you once see Shelley plain,
      And did he stop and speak to you?
And did you speak to him again?
      How strange it seems, and new!

   But you were living before that,
      And you are living after,
And the memory I started at—
      My starting moves your laughter!

   I crossed a moor, with a name of its own
      And a certain use in the world no doubt,
Yet a hand's-breadth of it shines alone
      'Mid the blank miles round about:

   For there I picked up on the heather
      And there I put inside my breast
A moulted feather, an eagle-feather—
      Well, I forget the rest.

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Poet Robert Browning 1812–1889

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Landscapes & Pastorals, Poetry & Poets, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Animals

Poetic Terms Ballad

 Robert  Browning

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Although the early part of Robert Browning’s creative life was spent in comparative obscurity, he has come to be regarded as one of the most important poets of the Victorian period. His dramatic monologues and the psycho-historical epic The Ring and the Book (1868-1869), a novel in verse, have established him as a major figure in the history of English poetry. His claim to attention as a children’s writer is more modest, resting . . .

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SUBJECT Landscapes & Pastorals, Poetry & Poets, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Animals

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Ballad

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