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  •  So weird (5+ / 0-)
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    shari, poco, Brecht, RiveroftheWest, Emmet

    I was just telling a friend about this poem two days ago. It's one of my favorites.

    •  Well, Corinna. . . (4+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, RiveroftheWest, shari, Emmet

      If you know a little bit about Browning's bio.,
      it might be amusing if you asked yourself just who
      was this Duke (quite aside from the historical one)
      and why would Browning want to write about him?
      The poem is very gestalty  -- one's reaction to it may
      tell us more about the reader than the poet, as is
      often the case. But here is my question: Could
      Browning have been writing about himself? I think
      that a question worth asking and thinking about.

      •  Browning nailed the Duke, so he wrote about things (4+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest, poco, shari, Emmet

        he knew intimately. But this was one dark shard of his mind: in toto, there was far more to Browning than we see in his Duke.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:11:12 AM PDT

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