A poem in alexandrine couplets by R. Browning, published 1872.
The speaker is Don Juan, who is strolling with his wife Elvire near Pornic in Britanny, where a fair is being held. Don Juan, attracted by the gipsy dancer Fifine, dissertates to Elvire on the nature of his feelings, contrasting the intense ephemerality of desire with the dull permanence of love, this initial theme then giving rise to a series of brilliant variations on the interconnected topics of knowledge, identity, and truth in life and art.
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