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Robert Browning’s Poetry
Summary and Analysis
“Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister”
“My Last Duchess”
“The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed’s Church”
“Home-Thoughts, From Abroad”
“Fra Lippo Lippi”
“A Toccata of Galuppi’s”
“Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”
“Andrea del Sarto”
“Two in the Campagna”
“Caliban Upon Setibos”
Themes, Motifs and Symbols
Suggestions for Further Reading
Suggested Essay Topics
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1. What is the Duke arranging in “My Last Duchess”?
The Duchess’s funeral
The painting of the Duchess’s portrait
A new marriage for himself
The sale of his art collection
2. What is the rhyme scheme of “My Last Duchess”?
Enjambed blank verse
Enjambed rhyming couplets
End-stopped rhyming couplets
End-stopped blank verse
3. How is Porphyria killed?
She is stabbed
She is shot
She is drowned
She is strangled
4. When is “Porphyria’s Lover” set?
Just before her murder
As she is being killed
Just after her death
During her funeral
5. What makes “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister” a soliloquy?
A speaker who is distinct from the poet, who has no implied audience
A speaker who is distinct from the poet, who has an audience before him
The poet is the speaker, and is talking to himself
The poet is the speaker, and is addressing a pretend audience
6. Who is the speaker’s primary adversary in “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister”?
Fra Lippo Lippi
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?
In the catacombs beneath the church
Buried in a vineyard
At his mistress’s home
Buried beneath the altar
10. Why is the Bishop so concerned with his tomb?
He wants to outdo his predecessor
He believes it will ensure his immortality
He has done nothing to ensure either his earthly reputation or his salvation
All of the above
11. To which well-known family does Fra Lippo Lippi’s patron belong?
12. What kind of art does Fra Lippo Lippi produce?
Nebulous religious art
Portraits of real people
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?
He blows his horn
He jumps off the tower
He slays a monster
He returns to his home
17. What does the poet find in his walk across the moor in “Memorabilia”?
A bird’s nest
A robin’s egg
A dead sparrow
An eagle’s feather
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?
Leonardo da Vinci
21. What is the Campagna?
The coast near Rome
The river that flows through Florence
The plains outside Rome
The mountains near Milan
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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