The Poetry of Robert Browning, Volume 1
With classics such as 'My Last Duchess' and 'The Pied Piper OfHamelin' Robert Browning's status as one of the great VictorianPoets will always be secure in popular culture. For the moreliterary he is considered a master of dramatic verse and dramaticmonologues. It is interesting to note that his career bloomed late.Indeed it was only after the death of his wife Elizabeth in 1861and his return to England from their life in Italy that his workcame into wider acceptance and critical acclaim. In the last yearsof his life he recorded part of a poem on a wax cylinder which wasplayed after his death. It was said to be the first time anyone'svoice had been heard from beyond the grave!