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Robert Browning

Life in a Love

Lashana Dabney

on 25 February 2011

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Transcript of Robert Browning

Robert Browning
"Life in a Love"
LaShana Dabney
Period 7 After researching the backgrounds of various poets, I found Robert Browning to be the most appealing because of a particular fact.My main reason for choosing this writer was based on my development of respect and admiration for for him as an individual. Although there were many times where his works were considered to be a failure he continued in his passion.In the end he turned out to one of the most sucessful writers of his time.He never gave up although he faced obstacles which I find to be worthy of admiration.In light of these reasons I chose Robert Browning for my presentation.Some important biological facts about Browning would include:
-He married another famous author named Elizabeth Barrett
-He could read fluently at the age of 12
-He decided to drop out of college to learn at his own pace
-In every one of his poems he tells his wife in he loves her
-He was influenced by Percy Shelly
-He was born on May 7,1812
-He studied Romantic Poets so that his work would reflect similarities to theirs.
Escape me?
While I am I, and you are you,
So long as the world contains us both,
Me the loving, and you the loth
While on eludes, must the other pursue.
My life is a fault at last, I fear:
It seems to much like a fate, Indeed
Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed.
But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall,
And, baffled, get up and begin again,
So the chace takes up ones life ' thats all.
While, look but once from your farthest bound
And me so deep in the dust and the dark,\
No sooner the old hope goes to ground
Than a new one, straight to the self-same mark,
I shape me---
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N After selecting Browning as my writer I decided to search for a poem that focused on love because in my opinion it seems to be what everyone is looking for.It seems as though most people see a life without love to be insignificant.I find myself in agreement with that this idea.I read through numerous poems by Browning that include "Meeting at Night", "Love in a Life".After two days of searching I discovered the poem "Life in a Love".After a deep analysis I made the decision to select the Poem the poem "Life in a Love" because it emphasized the idea that Life without love is insignificant. Being that this poem is one of the love letters written by Robert to Elizabeth you, most importantly, have to know that Robert Browning was married to another famus author named Elizabeth Barrett.In each of his poems,some of his greatest he made sure she knew he loved her.This poem was merely a reassurance of his love for her.In order to understand the conext and the true meaning
of the poem you have to understand
the nature of the time period in which it
was written.Brownings work was a
reflection of the Victorian time
period.The Victorian tim period
occured between 1837 and 1901.
The work of the victorian period
reflected a double standard
between the concens of the
individual and national success.This
period was divided into two parts:The
early Victorian period(ending in 1870) and
the late Victorian period.Browning was
apart of the early Victorian period. In this particular poem of brownings I had various reactions that were influenced by his use of diction and his tone.After reading the poem I found myself to feel a little warm hearted as I began to reflect on how romantic the poem is.I fell in love with the sincerity in his tone because reflected how powerful his love for Elizabeth is(his wife).After a few minutes of reflection I began to appreciate Brownings use of strong word choice to express the endurance of there love. Robert Browning entitled this poem to be "Love in a Life" to emphasize his feelings toward love.The significance of this title is to reflect his view of how life is insignificant without love. Seperate
My love
As long as we are who we are
As long as we are alive
Me loving you and you being loved
While you relax Ill be your strength
I fear the flaw and destruction
Because it seems apart of fate
But I will do my best to succeed
But what if I do fail?
It will be to test my strength
I will wipe my tears when I fall
and get back up again
it takes a lifetime
when you're look back
Watch through the struggles
Focus and lean on me
Soon it will be over
And a new beginning will occur
It will grow
For eternity
Without troubles With backgroung information I realized that the speaker,Robert Browning, is speaking to one particular person as his audience and it is his beloved wife Elizabeth.It can be found to be significant because it reflects his everlasting love for her althpugh they are going to problems. This poem has a deeper meaning behind it that one would not be able to determine without prior background knowledge.Elizabeth(his wife) was addicted to Opium and because of this she felt as though she was loosing Robert.In light of this struggle Robert wrote this poem to reassure her of his everylsting love for her.Therefore, this poem is really about the struggles in their relationship because of Elizabeth addiction.Robert is merely explaing how he will be there until the end. Browning uses a more complex diction in this poem because he wants the reader to search deeper into the meaning of the poem.He wants the reader to understand how he feels with what is going on. This reveals his pain and current mental state.It emphasizes the complications he is going through while trying to stay strong for Elizabeth. Towards the end of the poem Robert tells Elizabeth to look at him from her "farthest bound" deeply"in the dusk and dark" to allow one to create a vivid picture of her looking at him at a distance in the dark.This causes one to see the connection they that still remains within them although they are a distance away. Being that this poem is one of the many love letters that Robert wrote to Elizabeth it has a mixed tone the can be seen upon as having compassionate, light-hearted, and sincere tones.This is not necessarily done on purpose but cant be avoided by Robert because of his emotional connection to the poem.The love he has for her takes over in his writing which is the reason for him having tones such as the ones I previously stated. Although theres is no actual setting in this poem is was written based on the occasion of struggle in Robert and Elizabeth Brownings life.It serves as a essential factor because its explains the deeper meaning of the poem that most find it hard to recognize. Roberts true purpose for writing this poem is based on him reassuring her of his love for her.This poem was written to show Elizabeth that although they have troubles he will always love and be there for her.Robert was trying to tell Elizabeth that he will be her strength through everything. Works Cited
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