Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Difficulty of Remembering Robert Browning :: Biography Biographies Essays

The Difficulty of Remembering Robert Browning It is no great revelation that people in the main either want to be remembered or forgotten, they either want to be noticed or they want to disappear. And its this binary that celebrities seem to struggle with all the magazine constantly wanting to be in the spotlight and all the fame and glory that goes along with it. But once their integrity is compromised, they run and hide and declare their lives to be personal, out of view of the public eye. No one seems to contradict this binary of fame / seclusion more than poet Robert Browning. Although he wanted to be known and remembered, every witting decision he made within his career seems to have prevented this. Born in 1812, Robert Browning led a shielded suburban life, in the south-central of France (Damrosch, 1305). Both his parents were supportive and encouraging of his interests especially when, at the age of 14, he expressed an interest in poetry (Damrosch, 1305). The poet that sparked Brownings interest in poetry was none other than Percy Bysshe Shelley. P.B. Shelleys poetry affected Browning greatly and even though Browning wasnt writing poetry yet at this time, Shelley was influencing him in other shipway (Damrosch, 1305). Percy Shelley was a poet widely known for his radical ideas and beliefs it was this recognition that most attracted Browning. Robert Brownings path to being a poet was not direct. It was because of Shelley that Browning found this path, but it would be age before he would begin writing (Damrosch, 1305). Browning tried many other career paths before publishing his first rime, among them art, music, law and business (Damrosch, 1305). He published his first poem anonymously at the age of 21 (Damrosch, 1305). It was titled Pauline and was poorly received (Damrosch, 1305). Publishing his first poem anonymously goes against Brownings desire to be well known. Over the next ten years, Browning p ublished various plays and poems that were as poorly received as his first poem (Damrosch, 1305). But it was in 1842 that Browning would get much deserved recognition for his work

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