Robert Browning - Selected Poems

Read by Martin Jarvis
Duration 109 minutes
Released September 2010
Format Unabridged MP3 Download


‘His sense of dramatic situation was unrivalled... Considered from the point of view of a creator of character he ranks next to him who made Hamlet’ – Oscar Wilde



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Robert Browning (1812-89) was an English poet and playwright, famed for his dramatic monologues, richly drawn characters and vivid narrative style. He ranks alongside Alfred, Lord Tennyson as one of the foremost poets of the Victorian age. Groundbreaking in its day, his colloquial style had a profound influence on subsequent generations of lyricists, from T.S. Eliot to John Lennon.

Browning’s work, like that of his wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning, has undergone much critical reappraisal in recent years. His sharp wit and keen psychological eye give his work a startling freshness and modernity.




The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church
Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came
Home Thoughts from Abroad
Home Thoughts from the Sea
How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix
The Laboratory
Life in a Love
Love Among The Ruins
Love in a Life
Meeting at Night
My Last Duchess
Parting at Morning
The Patriot
The Pied Piper Of Hamelin
Porphyria's Lover
A Toccata of Galuppi's

Fra Lippo Lippi
(an unabridged reading by Martin Jarvis)

Joys and Fears and Roland's Ride
(two incidental music suites by Howard Carter)

Allingham on Browning
(an extract from a letter written by William Allingham, read by Barnaby Edwards)

E.F. Benson on Browning
(an extract from As We Were written by E.F. Benson, read by Barnaby Edwards)



Recorded on 28 April 2010
Directed by Rosalind Ayres
Music and sound design by Howard Carter
Recorded at The Invisible Studios by Mark Holden
Artwork by Simon Holub



Robert Browning - Selected Poems is a set text for the following examinations:
AQA GCSE English & English Literature Specification A (Pre-1914 Poetry Bank contains 'My Last Duchess' & 'The Laboratory')
AQA AS & A-Level English Literature A (Wider Reading: Victorian Literature specifies Robert Browning)
AQA AS/A-Level GCE English Literature B (Poetry 1800-1945 specifies 'The Patriot', 'My Last Duchess', 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin', 'Porphyria's Lover', 'Fra Lippo Lippi' & 'The Bishop Orders His Tomb')
AQA AS & A-Level English Language & Literature B (Text Transformation specifies Robert Browning)
EdExcel IGSCE English Literature (Anthology Poems specifies 'My Last Duchess')
EdExcel GCE English Literature (Poetry specifies 'Love in a Life' & 'Home Thoughts from Abroad')
OCR GSCE English Literature (Poetry specifies 'Home-Thoughts, from Abroad', 'Home-Thoughts, from the Sea', 'How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix', 'Meeting At Night', 'Parting At Morning', 'My Last Duchess', 'Porphyria's Lover', 'The Laboratory' & 'The Patriot'; Literary Heritage Poetry specifies Robert Browning)
OCR AS/A-Level GCE English Literature (Poetry and Prose 1800-1945 specifies Robert Browning. Specific poems to study are: 'The Bishop Orders His Tomb a Saint Praxed's Church', 'Love Among The Ruins', 'A Toccata of Galuppi's', 'Love in a Life' & 'Life in a Love'.)


Works by Robert Browning:
Selected Poems, ed. Daniel Karlin, John Woolford & Joe Phelan (Longman, 2010)
The Major Works, ed. Adam Roberts (Oxford University Press, 2009)
Robert Browning's Poetry, ed. James F. Loucks & Andrew M. Stauffer (Norton Critical Editions, 2007)
Selected Poems, ed. Daniel Karlin (Penguin, 2004)
The Poems: Volumes 1 & 2, ed. John Pettigrew (Penguin, 1981)

Studies of Robert Browning:
Philip Drew, The Poetry of Robert Browning: A Critical Introduction (Methuen, 1970)
Iain Finlayson, Browning: A Private Life (Harper Perennial, 2004)
Martin Garrett, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning (British Library Publishing Division, 2001)
Pamela Neville-Sington, Robert Browning: A Life After Death (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004)
Michael Schmidt, Lives Of The Poets (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998)
Sarah Wood, Robert Browning: A Literary Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001)