Born: 7-May-1812Birthplace: Southampton Street, Camberwell, EnglandDied: 12-Dec-1889Location of death: Venice, Italy
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By the age of fourteen Browning was fluent in French, Greek, Italian and Latin
Aside from poetry, Browning was also a talented musician.
After reading Elizabeth Barrett's Poems (1844) and corresponding with her for a few months, Browning met her in 1845. They were married in 1846, against the wishes of Barrett's father.
When in his youth, Browning was taught by a tutor after going to many different private schools; he evidently disliked institutional education.
Although a British citizen, Browning spent nearly a fourth of his life (and writing career) abroad in Italy. Its culture was incredibly influential upon his work.
Robert Browning was the first son of Robert and Sarah Anna Browning.
One CANNOT truly be fluent in four different languages by the age of FOURTEEN whitout having spent time in those 4 diferent countries from whence the languages have sprouted... I doubt Browning knew more than a few words on FRENCH, GREEK and latin (having spent most time in Spain and England).
Browning satirized the essentially corrupt relationship between the Italian Renaissance tradition of art patronage and the Roman Catholic church in "Fra Lippo Lippi". "Fra Lippo Lippi" was another dramatic monologue like "My Last Duchess", and it became one of Browning's best-known works.
Robert Browning was married to the poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who wrote the famous sonnet beginning, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”Browning died on the same day that Asolando, his final volume of verse, was published—December 12, 1889. The film remake of Get Carter, starring Sylvester Stallone opens with a quote from Browning's The Ring and the Book.
Browning's most popular work during his lifetime was the dramatic poem "The Ring and the Book" which comprises an astonishing 20,000 lines.
He died in Venice whilst holidaying in 1889 and was buried at Westminster Abbey.
Browning’s paternal grandfather was a wealthy slave owner in St Kitts, West Indies, however Browning’s father was an abolitionist.
Robert met Elizabeth Barret, who lived as a semi-invalid in her father's house. This is when Robert met Elizabeth and they both soon grew fond of eachother, developing a romance as well as a marriage which was kept secret for several years. Eventually, we grown to realise Elizabeth was foundly Surprised by how much Robert loved her, she wrote about her doubts in 'Sonnets from the Portugese', which she wrote over the next two years.
In the 1830s he met the actor William Macready and tried several times to write verse drama for the stage. At about the same time he began to discover that his real talents lay in taking a single character and allowing him to discover himself to us by revealing more of himself in his speeches than he suspects-the characteristics of the dramatic monologue.
5.Though Browning has influenced countless poets in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, perhaps his most obscure connection is to the film remake of Get Carter, starring Sylvester Stallone. The movie opens with a quote from Browning's The Ring and the Book.
In the remaining years of his life Browning travelled extensively. After a series of long poems published in the early 1870s, of which Fifine at the Fair and Red Cotton Night-Cap Country were the best-received, Browning again turned to shorter poems
.Browning died on the same day that Asolando, his final volume of verse, was published—December 12, 1889.