The Poems of Browning is a multi-volume edition of the poetry of Robert Browning (1812 -1889) resulting from a completely fresh appraisal of the canon, text and context of his work. The poems are presented in the order of their composition and in the text in which they were first published, giving a unique insight into the origins and development of Browning's art. Annotations and headnotes, in keeping with the traditions of Longman Annotated English Poets, are full and informative and provide details of composition, publication, sources and contemporary reception.

Volumes one (1826-1840) and two (1841-1846) presented the poems from his early years up to his marriage to Elizabeth Barrett, including the dramatic poem Paracelsus (1835), which first brought him to wide attention, and Sordello (1840), which confirmed him as a poet of ambition and imagination.

Volume three (1847-1861) of The Poems of Browning covers the years of Browning's life in Italy with his wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning. During the fifteen years of his marriage and self-imposed exile, Browning produced Christmas-Eve and Easter Day (1850), a major statement of his religious philosophy, and Men and Women (1855), his greatest collection of shorter poems. The poems of Men and Women, like all Browning's work, are steeped in his wide and idiosyncratic knowledge of literature, music, art, history, and popular culture, but a new and distinctive touch comes from the sights, sounds and textures of ordinary life in Italy. Based on a comprehensive study of textual and contextual sources, including a significant amount of hitherto undiscovered or unpublished manuscripts of poems and letters, this volume offers the most complete and informative edition of works that are central to Browning's achievement. In addition, Browning's most important work of critical prose, the Essay on Shelley, is presented in an appendix with full annotation, and poems which refer to specific works of painting or sculpture are illustrated with colour plates.

Volumes four presents the poetry Browning produced during the decade following the death of his wife, including Dramatis Personae, which heralded a re-evaluation of his critical reputation, and The Ring and the Book, which many consider to be his greatest work. The Poems of Browning represents the most informative and up-to-date edition of the works of one of England's greatest poets.


chapter 62|2 pages

Love in a Life

chapter 63|2 pages

Life in a Love

chapter 64|3 pages

In Three Days

chapter 65|4 pages

In a Year

chapter 67|7 pages

The Guardian-Angel

chapter 68|5 pages

A Pretty Woman

chapter 69|4 pages

“De Gustibus—”

chapter 70|5 pages

Evelyn Hope

chapter 71|109 pages

Christmas-Eve and Easter-Day

chapter 72|7 pages

Up at a Villa—Down in the City

chapter 73|3 pages

The ‘Moses’ of Michael Angelo

chapter 74|61 pages

Bishop Blougram’s Apology

chapter 75|5 pages

The Patriot

chapter 76|8 pages

The Heretic’s Tragedy

chapter 77|3 pages


chapter 78|5 pages

A Face

chapter 79|5 pages

Women and Roses

chapter 80|19 pages

“Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came”

chapter 81|5 pages

Instans Tyrannus

chapter 82|9 pages

A Toccata of Galuppi’s

chapter 83|3 pages

A Woman’s Last Word

chapter 84|9 pages

A Lovers’ Quarrel

chapter 85|7 pages

The Last Ride Together

chapter 86|19 pages

Andrea del Sarto

chapter 87|31 pages

Old Pictures in Florence

chapter 88|18 pages

The Statue and the Bust

chapter 90|4 pages

May and Death

chapter 91|11 pages

How it Strikes a Contemporary

chapter 92|10 pages


chapter 93|2 pages

My Star

chapter 94|13 pages

Master Hugues of Saxe-Gotha

chapter 95|52 pages

In a Balcony

chapter 96|21 pages

By the Fire-Side

chapter 98|12 pages


chapter 99|4 pages

A Serenade at the Villa

chapter 100|31 pages


chapter 101|30 pages

Fra Lippo Lippi

chapter 103|12 pages

Love Among the Ruins

chapter 104|13 pages

Holy-Cross Day

chapter 105|3 pages


chapter 106|7 pages

Two in the Campagna

chapter 107|4 pages

A Light Woman

chapter 108|23 pages


chapter 109|6 pages


chapter 111|9 pages

Any Wife to Any Husband

chapter 112|3 pages

The Twins

chapter 113|4 pages

Ben Karshook’s Wisdom

chapter 114|12 pages

A Grammarian’s Funeral

chapter 115|2 pages

One Way of Love

chapter 116|3 pages

Another Way of Love

chapter 117|2 pages


chapter 118|18 pages

One Word More

chapter 119|1 pages

Mock Epitaph (‘Here Lies Browning’)

chapter 120|2 pages

Study of a Hand, by Lionardo