Parleyings with Certain People of Importance in their Day

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A volume of poems in blank verse by R. Browning, published 1887. The phrase ‘certain people of importance’ derives from a passage in Dante's Vita Nuova, Browning refers to a number of obscure historical figures whose works he has studied in his youth. Each of these figures is matched by a contemporary of Browning's, and Browning ‘parleys’ with them in a renewed consideration of the central topics of art and life. The collection is of unique value to an understanding both of the sources of Browning's art and of the mature processes of that art.

Subjects: Literature.

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