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A Blot in the 'Scutcheon

by Robert Browning

Excerpt from book: A BLOT IN THE 'SCUTCHEON. ACT I. Scene I. The interior of a lodge in Lord Tresham's park. <P> Many Retainers crowded at the window, supposed to command a view of the entrance to his mansion. Gerard, tht Warrener, his back to a table on which are flagons, etc. 1 Retainer. Ay, do push, friends, and hen you 'll push down me ? What for? Does any hear a runner's foot Or a steed's trample or a coach-wheel's cry? Is the Earl come or his least poursuivant? But there's no breeding in a man of you Save Gerard yonder: here 's a half-place yet, Old Gerard Gerard. Save your courtesies, my friend. Here is my place. 2 Retainer. Now, Gerard, out with it What makes you sullen, this of all the days I' the year? To-day that young, rich, bountiful, 10 Handsome Earl Mertoun, whom alone they match With our Lord Tresham through the country-side, Is coming here in utmost bravery To ask our master's sister's hand ? Gerard. What then ? 2 Retainer. What then ? Why, you, she speaks to, if she meets Your worship, smiles on as you hold apartThe boughs to let her through her forest walks, You, always favorite for your no-deserts, You 've heard these three days how Earl Mertoun sues To lay his heart and house and broad lands too = At Lady Mildred's feet; and while we squeeze Ourselves into a mousehole lest we miss One congee of the least page in his train, You sit o' one side?' there's the Earl, ' say I? 'What then, ' say you 3 Retainer. I 'll wager he has let Both swans he tamed for Lady Mildred swim Over the falls and gain the river Gerard. Ralph, Is not to-morrow jr1y inspecting-day For you and for your hawks ? 4 Retainer. Let Gerard be He 's coarse-grained, like his carved black cross-bow stock, Ha look now, while we squabble .

Browning: Poems

by Robert Browning Elizabeth Barrett Browning Peter Washington

Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are without parallel in the nineteenth century: celebrated poets, they became equally famous for their marriage. Still popular more than a century after their deaths, their poetry vividly reflects the unique nature of their relationship.This collection presents the Brownings' work in the context of their lives: the early years and their initial friendship, their courtship and marriage, the fifteen happy years they spent living in Italy until Elizabeth's death. Whether in short poems such as Elizabeth's "Hector in the Garden" and Robert's "Natural Magic," or in extracts from longer works such as Aurora Leigh and Pauline, the great themes they shared are all represented: love, marriage, illicit passion, England and Italy, childhood, religion, poetry, and nature. Elizabeth's famous Sonnets from the Portuguese, based on their love affair, is included in its entirety. The poems are augmented with a generous selection of the marvelous letters the Brownings wrote to each other.

Dramatic Romances

by Robert Browning

Dramatic Romances and Lyrics is a collection of English poems by Robert Browning, first published in 1845 as the seventh volume in a series of self-published books entitled Bells and Pomegranates

Imperial Spoils: The Curious Case of the Elgin Marbles

by Robert Browning Christipher Hitchens Graham Binns

Thomas Bruce, British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and 7th Earl of Elgin, gave friezes from the Parthenon to the British Museum, sparking a controversy about the Elgin Marbles. Should they be returned to Greece?

My Last Duchess and Other Poems

by Robert Browning

The Victorian poet Robert Browning (1812 -1889) is perhaps most admired today for his inspired development of the dramatic monologue. In this compelling poetic form, he sought to reveal his subjects' true natures in their own, often self-justifying, accounts of their lives and affairs. A number of these vivid monologues, including the famed "Fra Lippo Lippi," "How It Strikes a Contemporary," and "The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church," are included in this selection of forty-two poems.Here, too, are the famous "My Last Duchess," dramatic lyrics such as "Memorabilia" and "Love among the Ruins," and well-known shorter works: "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," "Home-Thoughts, from Abroad," "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister," and more. Together these poems reveal Browning's rare gifts as both a lyric poet and a monologist of rare psychological insight and dramatic flair.

The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Reunification

by Robert Browning Nadine Gordimer Christopher Hitchens Charalamabos Bouras

The most powerful case yet made for the return of the Parthenon MarblesThe Parthenon Marbles (formerly known as the Elgin Marbles), designed and executed by Pheidias to adorn the Parthenon, are perhaps the greatest of all classical sculptures. In 1801, Lord Elgin, then ambassador to the Turkish government, had chunks of the frieze sawn off and shipped to England, where they were subsequently seized by Parliament and sold to the British Museum to help pay off his debts.This scandal, exacerbated by the inept handling of the sculptures by their self-appointed guardians, remains unresolved to this day. In his fierce, eloquent account of a shameful piece of British imperial history, Christopher Hitchens makes the moral, artistic, legal and political case for re-unifying the Parthenon frieze in Athens.The opening of the New Acropolis Museum emphatically trumps the British Museum's long-standing (if always questionable) objection that there is nowhere in Athens to house the Parthenon Marbles. With contributions by Nadine Gordimer and Professor Charalambos Bouras, The Parthenon Marbles will surely end all arguments about where these great treasures belong, and help bring a two-centuries-old disgrace to a just conclusion.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Poetry for Young People

by Robert Browning

Robert Browning's poetry has mysteries and a beauty of language that youngsters will love exploring, from the classic and beloved Pied Piper of Hamelin to the charming verse play Pippa Passes. Perfect for parents to read aloud or along with their children, and accompanied by striking artwork, here is a selection of some of Browning's most reader-friendly works. Several paintings compellingly capture Pied Piper's drama: the Piper, smiling as he offers his services; the rats fleeing the town in droves; and the entranced children who will soon be lost forever. Home Thoughts from Abroad ("Oh, to be in England, Now that April's there. . . ") features illustrations of the countryside in full bloom. There are 25 excerpts in all, fully annotated to enrich young readers' understanding of these poems. Dr. Eileen Gillooly earned her Ph. D. from Columbia University, where she is Director of the Core Curriculum and teaches nineteenth-century literature and culture. She has also edited another entry in the Poetry for Young People series on Rudyard Kipling. Joel Spector's work appears regularly in books, in newspapers such as the New York Times, in magazines such as Business Week, Good Housekeeping, and Newsweek, and throughout Europe and in Japan. He lives in Connecticut.

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