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A dramatic poem in blank verse by R. Browning, published 1835. The career of the historical Paracelsus serves Browning, despite his claim to the contrary, as a stalking‐horse for his own exploration of the processes of the creative imagination, in particular the conflict between ‘Love’ (self‐forgetting) and ‘Knowledge’ (self‐assertion) in the mind of the artist.

Subjects: Literature.

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Robert Browning (1812—1889) poet

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