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Robert Browning’s Poetry

Robert Browning

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1. What is the Duke arranging in “My Last Duchess”?

2. What is the rhyme scheme of “My Last Duchess”?

3. How is Porphyria killed?

4. When is “Porphyria’s Lover” set?

5. What makes “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister” a soliloquy?

6. Who is the speaker’s primary adversary in “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister”?

7. In which country did Browning spend a great deal of time (other than England)?

8. What season does the poet describe in “Home-Thoughts from Abroad”?

9. In “The Bishop Orders His Tomb...” where does the Bishop say the lapis for the tomb is hidden?

10. Why is the Bishop so concerned with his tomb?

11. To which well-known family does Fra Lippo Lippi’s patron belong?

12. What kind of art does Fra Lippo Lippi produce?

13. What kind of meter is “A Toccata of Galuppi’s” written in?

14. Which city is described in “A Toccata of Galuppi’s”?

15. Which Shakespeare play inspired “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”?

16. What is Roland’s final action?

17. What does the poet find in his walk across the moor in “Memorabilia”?

18. Which late poet has the stranger in “Memorabilia” met?

19. What crime has Andrea del Sarto committed?

20. Which of the following painters is NOT someone to whom Andrea compares himself?

21. What is the Campagna?

22. The tone of the poem “Two in the Campagna” can best be described as:

23. Which preeminent nineteenth-century scientist does Caliban question in his soliloquy?

24. How many stressed syllables does a pentameter line contain?

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Typo... and some more thoughts

by Arnold_the_Frog, September 01, 2012

"Not best" should be "Nor beat".
I've seen this in Stephen King's citation of the poem at the end of _The Dark Tower_ too.
I read it, went into a mental tail-spin, and worked out what it ought to be just before I
gave up and looked it up (I was right).

... and "stupified" should be "stupefied".

Curious that the commentator doesn't reference Spenser, who is surely the godfather
in English of poems about knightly quests! Indeed, the reference to the Holy Grail
seems in the notes seems like a mere wi... Read more

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Hits the mark

by Nitephall, January 02, 2014

This morning I had a very odd dream, and the culmination of the search for its meaning has lead to this: the mythological significance of the Dark Tower in stories and myths, which lead me to this site. Meaninglessness, feeling compelled by a force you don't understand to embrace that meaninglessness, darkness and and a ruined wasteland, a guide having set you on your course who does not have your best interests in mind--I must admit, I've found more here that corresponds to the elements in my d

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Something we noticed while in class...

by dids106, January 21, 2014

While reading the poem in class, due to it being one of the poems we are using for GCSE coursework, we noticed that nowhere in the text, did it say that the speaker was actually a male, this fact would lead to the probability of her not running from her friends and family, but maybe the idea that lesbian activity would have been seen as wrong in that time, has anyone else noticed this or is it just me and my class?

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