Poet, born in London, UK, the husband of Elizabeth Barrett. The son of a clerk, he received scant formal education. His early work attracted little attention until the publication of Paracelsus (1835). Bells and Pomegranates (1841–6) included several of his best-known dramatic lyrics, such as ‘How they Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix’. In 1846 he married Elizabeth Barrett, and with her settled in Florence, where he wrote Men and Women (1855) and began Dramatis Personae (1864). Their son, Robert Barrett Browning (1849–1912), the sculptor, was born there. After the death of his wife (1861) he settled in London, where he wrote his masterpiece, The Ring and the Book (1869), a series of dramatic monologues for which he received widespread acclaim. His technical virtuosity and his experiments in poetic form and content considerably influenced later poets, notably Eliot and Pound.
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