Dramatis Personae

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A collection of poems by R. Browning, published 1864. They were marked by Browning's grief after the death of his wife (see Browning, E. B.) in 1861, and by his searching examination of the relation of human to divine love, especially as it concerns the nature of belief. Several of the poems are anthology favourites—notably ‘Rabbi Ben Ezra’ and ‘Prospice’—but the heart of the collection are the long dramatic monologues such as ‘A Death in the Desert’, ‘Caliban upon Setebos’, and ‘Mr Sludge, “the Medium” ’.

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Robert Browning (1812—1889) poet